I am Archibald Ngakayagae, born just over 40 years ago at the Old Sekgoma Memorial Hospital in Serowe, though the majority of my family resides in Mahalapye. I work as Communications and Community Relations Manager at Majwe Mining Joint Venture (Pty) Ltd. Majwe Mining Joint Venture, a contract mining company contracted by Debswana at Jwaneng Mine for the Cut 8 Project. I was appointed in March 2012. I have served as Head of Public Relations the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Corporate Affairs Officer at Debswana and have been a TV Reporter and Producer at Botswana Television (BTV). Prior to joining BTV, I freelanced and worked part-time (Electronic and Print Media) as a reporter and producer for Radio Botswana, Correspondent for the Botswana Guardian and the Midweek Sun newspapers and also a reporter for Botswana Press Agency (BOPA). I am deeply involved in many charitable projects around the country (Botswana) and I have been engaged by Botswana Bureau of Standard as a member of the Social Responsibility Technical Committee. The committee is tasked with coming up with a Corporate Social Responsibility Standard. I am also the Founder & Chairperson of CSI-Concept Foundation, A Trustee of Jwaneng Mayoral Development Trust and several Non-Governmental Charitable Organisations.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
NGAKAYAGAE: Lexy J…where can I start? Do you remember those Masimo parties where the DJ would come with a musical gramophone, a car battery and a big speaker at the party? I was that young little boy who would assist the DJ in assembling the three musical instruments for two reasons: to enjoy the music from the “DJ’s Booth” and eat the DJ’s Magwinya until I got full. I was always looking forward to Masimo ko Tshethong for those parties and that was my first interaction with music and my first love for music. It was in the mid 80’s. I knew all the “new” songs because of my relationship with the DJ. By then we did not have a lot of DJ’s around our masimo….the same DJ would go to different households every weekend and I would follow him. The music at those parties was dubbed as mosakaso – (Zimbabwean influence I guess) but it was good music for me.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
NGAKAYAGAE: Truth be told; I no longer have a particular music genre that I love. I enjoy different genres depending on the place, event, mood and life situations. In other words, in a day I sample different types of music…be it House, R &B, Jazz, Afro-Pop, Soft Rock, Reggie, Dance Music, Traditional Music, Country Blues, Classic, Contemporary Gospel, Hip-Hop. I am currently jamming to ATI’s new offering.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
NGAKAYAGAE: Music has played a huge part in my life. I can relate to music in each and every step of my life. I became relevant in life because of music I was listening to at that particular stage of life. The music I listened to, was either inspirational, uplifting for my soul, fun, even just to be there with the boys. Let me take you through “my life and music”.
At primary school, I listened to Mosakaso, at junior and secondary school I was into disco, hip-hop and R & B. I still remember a day before we were supposed to open for our Form 3 at Swaneng Hill School, there was a Splash Concert at Chicks Night Club and for the love of Disco we did not care whether we were dancing with our to-be-teachers the following day… (And it was there at high school that I was into R & B listening to groups like Boys2Men, Backstreet Boys, All-4-One and of course other women R&B singers. Remember: End of the Road, I’ll make love to you, Water Runs Dry, On Bended Knees and I was “Shawn Stockman” at high school. By the way we went to school with a lady by the name of Punah Gabasiane; we used to call her Brenda, and she would sing any song that you request of her. Yes, Punah the Jazz Singer.
Varsity life was something different; I listened to all types of music … Kwaito was the “in-thing” though. I sampled all the songs mo-fashoneng that time. I attended house parties all around GC in the name of good music and new dancing styles, not clubs though. By that time local music was also starting to pick up. Tribal Monks was the real deal in Botswana, then came other groups with different genres like Lordz of the Ghetto, Metal Horizons from Lobatse, 3rd Mind, Excutedge! I was also caught up in the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry. I was in the West Coast with Death Row Records of Tupac Amaru Shakur (2Pac/Makaveli), I still love his music to date.
It was towards the end of my varsity life, that I spent a lot of time with my cousin Phistos Moesi who introduced me to this music that is called “Slow Jams” or Soul I think. I am talking about Soul Provider by Michael Bolton, Loving Me Loving You by Abba, Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits, Everything I do, I do it for you by Bryan Adams. Should I continue and keep rolling, City to City by Jerry Rapherty, Wellow by Joan Armatrading, and many songs by Philip David Charles Collins LVO known as Phill Collins, Joe Cocker, Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. Steve Wonder. Lexy J, I nearly forgot I still listen to a Danish pop/soft rock band that is made up of Jascha Richter, Mikkel Lentz, Kåre Wanscher and Søren Madsen yes Michael Learns to Rock and Julio Iglesias.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
NGAKAYAGAE: A big Yes…Fortunately the music that I used to listen to back then is still here today and we now refer to it as classic. While I appreciate the current music, I am not sure if our grandchildren will be listening to it in 20 years to come. Music today is not musically arranged for future generations. Artists release songs that will not last into the future, six months down the line it is history. We have contemporary music, especially from local artists that is great for this moment, and there are some artists whom when they sing, I feel they are born in a wrong country or time, their talent is immense, I so wish they could be writing songs for now and the future. Take example the wonderful voices of Amantle Brown, Punah, Nnunu, Samantha Mogwe, Lizibo, Scar, Zeus, the great act of ATI, La Timmy, and the talented artists like Bra John Selolwane and many more.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
NGAKAYAGAE: Dear mama by 2 Pac is pregnant with a lot of appreciation for everyone’s mother. Because Of You by Letta Mbuli Ft Caiphus Semenya for your spouse.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
NGAKAYAGAE: Stuck on you by Lionel Richie; All For Love by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting; and Dear mama by 2 Pac.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite Artist, and why?
NGAKAYAGAE: Not sure I have an all-time favourite artist; this is because I do not worship any particular music but I listen to any good music.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
NGAKAYAGAE: Currently I have a concoction of all kind of music, just because I am after certain songs from different artists. But the only time I am concerned with what goes on my playlist is when I am taking long journeys and unlike other people when I take long drives I want house music or traditional music for outside the country trips. But I never leave my Jazz especially when my trip falls within my Sunday drives.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!
NGAKAYAGAE: Sure DJ Lexy J, I remember those days in Serowe when you used to be a teacher during the week and a DJ at the weekend…ha ha ha… You indeed used to play good music at those house parties…keep up the good work and enjoy your passion now your profession.