Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Didi Sekoko Biorn was born 42 years ago in Francistown. According to her, Tonota and Borolong Jwa Orapa are her home villages. However, she is a Francistowner at heart because that is where she was raised. Maun is where she currently resides. Afro Botho, a community organisation based in Maun that focuses on the development of the youth and the community as a whole is an initiative she has co-founded and actively involved with because she unequivocally believes in the Tswana saying, “motho ke motho ka batho”.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
DR DIDI BIORN: Growing up, I fondly remember listening to my mother’s music that she would often play in the house. Music was therapy, we just didn’t realise it then. UB40, Lionel Richie, Lucky Dube, and Billy Ocean were all on heavy rotation back then. We had the records. We, kids thoroughly enjoyed your Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers, Stimela, Bra Hugh, Sipho Mabuse, Tina Turner, Tracy Chapman and we knew the lyrics to most of their songs. They were our weekend companions for cleaning the house. My mom had the most influence on my earlier taste on music and then as a teenager RnB, Hip Hop, and Rap dominated my ear! Salt and Pepper, Toni Braxton, Tupac, Janet Jackson, NWA, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Prince, Boom Shaka, Aurthur Mafokate, Tribal Monks all became my companion as I navigated my way into adulthood. I looked into their lyrics for answers during challenging times. First break -up and you suddenly find yourself listening to the lyrics of “where do broken hearts go!” Or getting some sass from Salt n Pepper! Eish, the joys of being young (lol) …
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
DR DIDI BIORN: I love positive music of different genres that is easy to sing or dance along to and sets an upbeat mood! There’s always music playing in our house. Music sets the tone and heals this healer.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
DR DIDI BIORN: I tend to attach my love of particular songs with the positive experiences and memories they trigger. Whether dancing to Ringo’s “Sondela” on my wedding day, or listening to K’Naan’s “Waving flag” with my son, or dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy” with my daughter; each song brings with it warm associations that I relish.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to when growing up?
DR DIDI BIORN: Not really. It just has expanded. My husband, who I met when I was twenty-one, introduced me to the music he grew up with, which has diversified my collection. So I have an eclectic collection now.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
DR DIDI BIORN: Keith Sweat’s “Twisted” … This song takes me to the night I met my husband, April 1997 - in Maun!
DJ LEXY J: What are your all-time favourite song(s)?
DR DIDI BIORN: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz; “Say Hey! (I love you) by Michael Franti; “Happy” by Pharrell Williams; “No Ordinary Love” by Sade; “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra; “Something Inside So Strong” by Lira (originally Labi Siffre’s); “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston; “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole; “Waving Flag” by K’Naan; and “We Are The World “ by USA for Africa.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
DR DIDI BIORN: So hard to pick just one! My music cuts across different genres, and is mood based! So I don’t have “a” favourite artist for that reason. It’s whoever I am in the mood for at that particular time to take me to a specified space.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
DR DIDI BIORN: I honestly have not made the time to craft a current playlist, so I am still playing songs from decades ago … I have what I call my soul-sisters on repeat, when I need good company (Erykah Badu, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Lira, India Arie, Tracy Chapman, Tony Braxton, Whitney Houston. Zahara, Makheba, Alicia Keys, Angie Stone, Chrisette Michelle & Freshly Ground) or whatever my husband or kids are playing.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!!
DR DIDI BIORN: Same to you Lexy J. Thank you.