I am Barolong Seboni. Everything I am or ever want to be boils down to two things Poet and Teacher. Oh, allow me to also add a third one, a DJ. In a nutshell, these three best describe the real me. I am from Gaborone so this qualifies me to be a called a city guy, though my ancestral roots are in Molepolole.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
SEBONI: I have a deep love relationship with music. Music makes love to me and I also reciprocate. We love each other dearly. It’s safe to say, our affair is 50 years old. We tight like that….100%, it’s a never ending song. People don’t play music for me, I play music for people.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
SEBONI: I have music coming out of my ears, my mouth and my pen. There’s a song by The Ojays called “I love music”. Quincy Jones and company sing, “What good is a song if it can’t inspire. If a song cannot take you higher, then it’s not good enough to sing”! Teddy Pendergrass says, “Life is a song worth singing”. These are my signature tunes because they express my relationship with music... The kind of music I love is called Good Music and it’s played by All Good Musicians. When I enter the room or play the radio all bad music must run away or go hide somewhere in a very dark place.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
SEBONI: Some of my poems are influenced by lines from songs. There is poetry in all good song lyrics. And there is musicality and lyricism in all good poetry. My relationship with music is poetic. It is the antithesis of all that is banal. On another note, I grew up listening to Michael Jackson. When he was 10 I was 12 years old. So when he died I wrote a tribute in Mmegi saying “the discography of Michael Jackson is the biography of Barolong Seboni; do you catch my drift?
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
SEBONI: I listen to stuff that I listened to growing up. The new stuff is really a repackaged digitalisation of the old stuff. I even listen to stuff my father used to play on the radiogram in the 60s.
A note to parents: Dear parents… If you want your kids to be happy, play good music in your house. Johnny Nash says something like, “When a house got music, a house got love!” Music has a profound influence that stays with you somewhere in that place that can only be called the soul. That’s what immortalises it. It immortalises the moment, the time and space.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
SEBONI: There are no memories without music. Music is the soundtrack of my life, actually, of all life.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
SEBONI: There are too many to mention. I would be totally unfair to single out one or two.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
SEBONI: All the artists I love, love making music.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
SEBONI: I’m listening to Hip Hop Jazz, Naija music and Moroka Moreri right now in my car. I dig “Khiring Khorong” by ATI, this is serious stuff I tell you and I also dig Amantle Brown’s “Follow”. Whenever I hear Samantha Mogwe, tears visit my eyes.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
SEBONI: Thank you and have a great one yourself.