My name is Sipho Hector Showa. My hometown is Francistown. I was born just over 40 years ago in Lobatse and where I started school at New Look Primary School. Also, although my birth certificate says I was born at the Athlone Hospital, my exact place of birth is House Number 57 in Boswelatlou Location. I am currently Company Secretary as well as Head of Marketing and Communications at Botswana Building Society. My role at BBS tends to get people asking how I do two seemingly unrelated tasks! Well, I suppose holding three degrees in Law, Business and the Humanities has something to do with it. I am also Chairman of the Old Mutual Short Term Insurance Board (Botswana) and further sit on the Board of the Old Mutual Botswana Holding Company.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
SHOWA: I suppose it really began in Lobatse in the early 1980s especially after the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. My late cousin Lovemore Showa was mad about MJ and when he and another cousin Geoff “Styles” Bolekanye would visit during their school breaks from St. Josephs, we would have great fun.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
SHOWA: My choice of music is quite eclectic. My favourite band is Coldplay although my music collection comprises greats like Queen, John Chibadura, Billy Ocean, CJB, Phil Collins, Duncan Senyatso, All 4 One, R Kelly, Sereetsi & the Natives, Michael Jackson, Il Divo, Earl Klugh, Stimela, Sipho Mabuse, UB 40, Charma Gal, Florence and the Machine, Stimela, Lucky Dube, Mutabaruka, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Shalamar etcetera. I must say that I also enjoy the sounds of DJ Tira and Big Nuz. It is always easier for me to indulge myself when in the car because the kids have basically taken over the house. So, even Comfort “Big Fish” Ramatebele’s Gumba Fire programme on Gabz FM is enjoyed while in the car at home!
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
SHOWA: Apart from the aesthetic enjoyment, music is as informative as the various genres of literature in my view. So, some music pieces pique your curiosity to want to understand their contexts and consequently sharpen your emotional, cultural, social or political consciousness. For example, UB 40s Sing our own song was against racial segregation in South Africa. And you know, sometimes being a first born does not help because you are socialised in a certain way but one does try to learn something from the more romantic pieces! Implementation might be a problem but I do make an effort!
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
SHOWA: Not that much really. However, the beats and notes tend to be more refined I suppose because of advances in technology over the years.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
SHOWA: It will have to be Johnny Mokhali’s pieces such as Mpule which my father used to play relentlessly whenever we went to the cattlepost in Ramankhung which was almost every weekend, more than any modern teenager would be able to take I think! Strangely, just the other day on our way to moraka my brother Terence and I were reminiscing about our oldman overdosing us on the sounds of Johnny Mokhali in yesteryears. Cheek to Cheek’s So Good So Nice also evokes particularly humorous memories for me. I used to share a room with my then two teenage aunts (names withheld for my own safety!) and they would sneak off in the evenings to the Mophane Night Club in Francistown to enjoy the beats of their favourite bands especially Cheek to Cheek. The bedroom window was their favoured entry and exit point and they would beg me not to hinge it. My silence also came at a heavy price usually in the form of a twenty five thebe (quite a lot then and obviously an amount the younger lot of today would scoff at) which I used to buy Mma Molokodi’s fat cakes at Our Lady of the Desert Primary School.Also, every time I hear the sounds of Shalamar my mind floats back to my formative years in Lobatse.
DJ LEXY J:What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
SHOWA: They are many but these ones are high on the list: Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’- Michael Jackson; No Agreement- Fela Anikulapo Ramsome Kuti; and There it is – Shalamar.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
SHOWA: Jeepers. . . Now this is a challenging question but it will have to be the late great Michael Jackson. This guy defined the coolness of most of my generation. The dance moves, the sleeveless jackets and the curly hair were the in thing to copy back then. I am sure my old school mate and friend Batlhalefi Phale, who is Client Director at Investec Asset Management, would agree with me on this one. He fancied himself an MJ aficionado during our time at Naledi Senior Secondary School but that is a story for another day! So, I really cannot think of another artist who captivated my generation as much as Michael Jackson did.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
SHOWA: Sereetsi & the Natives, Coldplay and Phil Collins currently. There is really no scientific madness to the way I select which artists I want to listen to at any given point in time. It is so random but falls into place rather nicely.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
SHOWA: Cheers dude.