Monday, July 4, 2022

It’s still a man’s world…or is it?

Years ago females/women were all expected to sit in a corner. Cook dinner, take care of the babies. Basically just shut up and wait for spare change from their husbands.
But times have changed now.

Men are now becoming women either by sex-changes or becoming homosexuals so women, being the usual hustlers, have decided to take matters into their own hands and join the hustle to bring food to the table.

Times have changed.

Women are proving that they don’t just belong in the kitchen. They are joining industries that were long thought to be for males and they are doing a better job.

One such female is Tebogo Poppy Motshidisi, commonly known as Dj Foxxy. Daughter of the Legendary RB1 presenter, Geoffrey Motshidisi. Music runs in the family. So it was only fitting for her to join the industry. Listening to her mix as I was writing this interview, I came to the conclusion that it is one of the best house mixes I have heard in a long while. It is available on her Facebook page.

After settling in, Dj Foxxy revealed that she had just come in, in the morning, from Djing in Phase 4 at a club called Pennywise. She explains that she is not the resident Dj there but gets to play there every Thursday.

Asked when she started dj-ying, “Some months back,” is all she says.

The young one says that she got her big break after she won a competition in Kasane organized by the Djying school she was attending in Gaborone. A school called Y-Dj-ying School, which she says is owned by Dj Daz and is located in Kgale View.

Motshidisi said that her love for music is the one that pulled her into the Djing world.
“I grew up listening to music.”

“I did not put all my teeth in the industry earlier because I believe that everything has its own time,” says the 30-year-old.

Motshidisi is a degree holder in Media Production and Communications – degree she got from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia.

But it is not all fun and games for the female Dj, who says that sometimes she is met by people who patronize her just because she is female.

“I am a lady going into the man’s industry. Sometimes I get the vibes of, ‘O le mang wena.’ So it’s hard to break into the industry.”

Asked whether female Djs are standing together in this fight, she said that from where she stands everyone seems to be doing their own thing and fighting their own fight.
“And I only know four of us female Djs so far.”

Looking at the happy side of the struggle, Motshidisi delightedly talked about her appearance on the popular BTV show, Flavour Dome.

“After appearing on Flavour Dome, the support and recognition was great! The amount of familiarity was strong, but I did get the most love from Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. I must mention that I do tend to get a lot of love from places outside Gaborone in Botswana.”

In this industry we all know that a lot of parents can be a bit skeptical about the career choice; this is not a problem for Motshidisi who is the daughter of RB1 presenter, Geoffrey Motshidisi.
“He understands that if you love something, it always works out in the end. But he is also always advising me that work comes first. My mum is also very supportive.”

In her parting words she said that people should not judge Djs according to their gender but according to their skill.

She added that she, one day, would like to go international.
“I am not just talking about SA.”

But would you follow in the trend of Dj Fresh, Connie Ferguson and Zeus someday? “If the opportunity presents itself, I will take it.”


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