There were many bitter sweet moments as Thato “DJ BlueBoy Bond” Booysen being a man of jokes, was remembered for all the comical things he used to do to his near and dear.
Momentarily, as hymns were sung, one could hear the sad and controlled sobs of family as they heard many speak highly but also very truthfully of their deceased family member. Many emotion triggering memories of the killed DJ were recalled today at the memorial service, which was held in his honour at the Civic Theatre in Bloemfontein.
Members of the Free State music fraternity and representatives of associations for artists in the entertainment industry were present at the memorial. The master of ceremonies was local community radio station and funny man, DJ Shaun ‘Dihoro’ Macingoane.
CDs with the late DJ’s music were also circulated among the crowd so that the legacy of music he left may be with them in their homes and cars, each time as they play his music.
Motheo FM station manager, Manko Tsoehlisi, said that in memory of Booysen, all community radio stations will play music of local artists on high rotation for the months of November and December. Tsoehlisi said all local community radio stations need to do this to support the music of often unknown musicians and DJs in the industry.
Representative of Night Club Owners Association in Bloemfontein, Lefu Mngomezulu also appealed to the DJs in the Free State to stop fighting among themselves and rather focus on the things they have in common. Mngomezulu also added that fighting simply delays the process of success for DJs as they cannot fight and be successful in their craft at the same time.
Family representative, Motlatsi Molahloe also added that while the family is grieving from their child’s killing, he urges those who seek revenge to leave alone the murder suspect and let God do the judging. Booysen was killed at Street Corner Braai, a pub and braai spot in Bochabela location.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday, 23 October at Phahameng Cemetary, in Bloemfontein.