I am Boiki Tema (46) and work as Director Coverage at RMB Botswana, a Division of First National Bank of Botswana Limited. My home village is Nshakazhogwe, but I was born and bred in Francistown.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
TEMA: The Love for music started in the early 70s, as an alter Server in the Roman Catholic Church and a choir member of Our Lady of the Desert Primary School. It was also inspired by the large refugee community in Francistown; they were musical and would always sing struggle songs. Francistown was also a vibrant city during the 70s and 80S and a melting pot for visitors and travellers to the North, with close proximity to Bulawayo, which was an entertainment Hub. When Hip Hop and breakdancing gained popularity in the early 80’s and inspired by the movie Beat Street, I then joined a crew called MBR that was formed out of Gabz – dancing with likes of Dr Mbiganyi Butale, Oggy Nekati and Synod Modisenyane. My parents encouraged my new found hobby and would occasionally drop me off at Clubs and social gatherings to compete with other groups or individuals. My parents were also supportive in me attending Teeny Times sessions, which were always held during the day. With my folks there was always time for School and Play … and they balanced that discipline on us quite nicely. They would support you in your endeavours, provided your grades were good and were never judgemental – the same discipline I want to pass on to my children.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
TEMA: I love any musical piece that is good to my ear – but my favourite being RnB, Kwaito, House, Jazz and Hip Hop. I indulge myself every day. I play music on the way to and from the office, at Home and everywhere. Music is good therapy for the soul; you tend to lose yourself to the instruments and the lyrics. It often helps me forget the trials and tribulations of Life and just escape.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
TEMA: Very much. Music makes me want more out of Life and make a difference in other people’s lives. It helps me connect with people, unwind and just enjoy life. My job entails networking and connecting with people, building strategic and effective relationships. Music puts me in a special kind of space, which is very soothing and therapeutic. I have connected with all sorts of people from different walks of life, and it helps me find a place of peace with human kind. I enjoy sharing my music experience with people and connect. I also connect a lot with my family through music. My wife and three daughters are into music. My wife has an amazing collection of music and we enjoy the same kind of music and genre. She is a corporate woman, but her love for hip-hop and house music is second to none. My first born plays Violin, my second plays keyboard and Piano and my last born plays Drums and guitar. I still take them to church and encourage them to sing along in Church. I can say that my social networking skills are good, thanks to my love for music and dance. Music has also influenced my sense of dress and fashion – and my living surroundings. My Living spaces and surroundings are influenced by music and designed around Sound. My House was engineered to be compatible to new technologies in Sound. I currently use a home-audio system called Casa tunes Air, which is a multi-room/ zone music server that uses Wi-Fi to connect. Casa Tunes Air bridges traditional whole-Home audio with Air-Play. Casa Tunes also helps organise your music. My investment in this system is because of my love for music. It allows you to explore and select music from your music collection. You can browse and select your music using apps for Android and Apple Smart phones and tablets. It is very secure and traceable in case of theft.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
TEMA: Not at all – I still enjoy the same genre of music and have learnt to adapt to lyrical and instrumental changes here and there. My dancing moves have similarly adapted, notwithstanding my age. I can still pull a few nasty moves – and push my bones and body to measure up. ‘With the right music, you either forget everything or you remember everything”
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
TEMA: Dear Mama, by Tupac Shakur. It was a hip hop song that was lyrically strong and connected with many. I remember always singing that with my Mother, and she utterly enjoyed the messaging in the song.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
TEMA: Michael Jackson – Beat IT; Chanty Savage – I will Survive; Trompies – Magasman; Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin and Juice; Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing. “My Music will tell you more about me than I ever will” by unknown and “Each Memory has a Sound Track of its own”.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
TEMA: Michael Jackson – beautiful beats and poetic lyrics. His Choreography inspired the dance and fashion in me. All his songs were top hits and drove a special kind of cult – this was a movement that changed history and straddled race. He connected with all generations, the young and the old.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
TEMA: I listen to all genres, and have over 5000 songs in my car, house and my phone – even in the Cloud – at any one point in time. I am a high energy individual and very often I choose high energy music in the morning, to start me off nicely – House Music and Hip Hop are good for mornings. You then tone down as the day goes until evening (Mid-Week). Saturday is high energy music all the way. Sundays are for ultra-soothing music I know a lot of DJ’s in the City and they hook me up with mixes now and then. I also buy CD’s from Music Shops and online.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!