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AN AFFAIR WITH MUSIC; DJ Lexy J engages Dennis Mmolai

SHARE   |   Monday, 22 May 2017   |   By Dj Lexy J
AN AFFAIR WITH MUSIC; DJ Lexy J engages Dennis Mmolai

INTRODUCTION 

I am Dennis Mmolai and aged 39 years. I’m a Regional Sales Manager at Orange Botswana and come from the land of Manyonyomane aka Tonota. I was born and raised in Gaborone.

DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?

MMOLAI: My love for music dates as far back as the Santa Barbara days in the1980’s, when I got to have an understanding of “romantic” music. The likes of Peabo Bryson's “if ever you’re in my arms again” really did a good one on me. In essence music seems to understand my inner being more than any other person does, including myself. The emotional attachment is beyond comprehension, from that worship song that takes me to my knees to that Rhumba song that makes me shake my knees. So music isn’t just organised sound to me, its love. It has that power over me to take me wherever it deems fit and that’s why I always have a question to people who display an attachment to a song “whom does it remind you of?”

DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?

MMOLAI: I listen to relatively everything including Hip Hop, Rhumba, R&B, Rock, House, Soul, Reggae etc. My emotions are relatively open to anything that’ll make my body move. Having two teenagers under my roof also forces me to listen to current beats, which I fully appreciate. You can’t separate music from me, so I literally indulge every single day, without fail.

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DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?

MMOLAI: I believe I am who I am today because of music; when I'm angry it helps me calm down, when I'm low it picks me up. Music does wonders for me emotionally; it helps me connect with my true self and deep inner being. I think better with music around, from the times of studying for an examination listening to music to the times of needing a worship song to help me connect to my soul.

DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?

MMOLAI: Certainly not. New age Music is actually an extension of what I listened to ages ago and there is of course other artists who’ve always stayed relevant like Brenda Fassie, Chris De Burgh and U2. Even some house music produced nowadays is either re-makes or remixes. 

DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?

MMOLAI: Every single song I know has some form of emotional attachment, however to single out one song, though it might seem odd. Miley Cyrus’ ‘When I Look at you’ is a soundtrack to a movie relevant to me and what I’ve experienced in my lifetime. The lyrics touch me in a special way.

DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favorite song(s)?

MMOLAI: Il Divo – Man you love; Kenny Loggins – Meet me Halfway; and Ricardo – I love you daddy. 

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DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?

MMOLAI: That’s a dicey one. I actually don’t have a favourite artist because I listen to everything, literally. 

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DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?

MMOLAI: Since I’m a family man, the playlist needs to cater for everyone. Currently there is Koffie Olomide, UK top 40 Singles, William McDowell, Josh Groban, IL Divo and Mzansi House Mix and DJ Ace

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DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!