Basadi Tshenyego Masimolole is a 38 years old woman popularly known as ‘Bash’ by her circle of friends. She is better described as very versatile, outgoing, non-conformist and very colourful. She is from a village called Mmadinare in the central district of Botswana. She held the position of Marketing Manager Executive for MultiChoice until recently when she decided to say goodbye to the corporate world and venture into business. Celebrations of Africa are her new home now. This project was rolled out in 2009 as "Pieces of Africa" to make an impact by doing spin campaigns to change perceptions on African Brands and people. She strongly believes that there is a lot of good in Africa, yet the focus is usually on the negative.
DJ LEXY J: I’d like to know your relationship with music, when did the love begin? How far back can you remember?
MASIMOLOLE: My relationship with music goes as far back to when I was around nine years old. My mother would buy my siblings and I festival tickets to go and watch your Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, UB40, The Commodores, Shalamar, Maxi Priest etc as they came to perform in Botswana. At that time festivals at the National Stadium were held during day time and that taught us discipline because we knew as soon as the sun started to set we would have to walk back home from National Stadium to Extension 4.
DJ LEXY J: What kind of music do you love and how often do you indulge yourself?
MASIMOLOLE: I am an “Old School Soul”. I mostly like old school hip hop, R& B, Kwaito as well as any soulful music I grew up listening to around my aunt. My life would be unimaginable without music. Literally from morning to end of day my television set is on music channels as I engage in other things. Even whilst in the corporate employment with MultiChoice, I was fortunate to have the luxury of my television set on audio channels throughout the day.
DJ LEXY J: How has music influenced your life over the years?
MASIMOLOLE: Music lifts up my spirits. Music is celebratory. Music reminds me of people and places. The only music genre I struggled with growing up is gospel music. It's only of recent that I have been able to listen to gospel as it always triggered in me negative emotions of my maternal grandmother's funeral.
DJ LEXY J: Does the music you listen to now differ from what you listened to growing up?
MASIMOLOLE: The music I listen to now is exactly the same as the one I listened to growing up except that during my varsity days I listened to certain artists whom I no longer see for example; your Angie Stone, Floetry, Lauren Hill, Nelly Furtado and a couple of others.
DJ LEXY J: Can you think of any particular music/song that you associate a memory, mood, or place with?
MASIMOLOLE: There are plenty of songs which bring memories to me but if allowed to choose my top two I would say Bongo Maffin (Kura Uone) and TKZee (Dlala Mapantsula).These artists take me back to my 1998 / 1999 Tirelo Sechaba / National Service days in Palapye.
DJ LEXY J: What is your all-time favourite song(s)?
MASIMOLOLE: BOP – Manyonyoba; HHP –Tshwara; and Bongo Maffin –Kura Uone.
DJ LEXY J: Who is your all-time favourite artist, and why?
MASIMOLOLE: Gosh where do I start…Well let me say one whom for a long time now I would like to go see performing live in a first world country is Mary J Blige. She really does it for me with her songs being timeless. She has what I deem as sing–along and non-stop dancing. I would like to see Mary J perform where there are proper aesthetics.
DJ LEXY J: What’s on your playlist and how do you choose the music that goes onto it?
MASIMOLOLE: I listen to music as per my mood. Currently it’s Cassper Nyovest - Baby Girl... I find it to be such a happy song. Most of the time I simply switch between the different DStv visual or audio channels to catch what tickles my fancy.
DJ LEXY J: So long, have yourself a super duper day!
MASIMOLOLE: Thank you .Have a good one yourself.