‘Conditur in Petra’! And what a foundation that was. Peterhouse, the rock on which many have built solid foundations. It is on this rock that I received my high school education. I started off in D Block AKA Form 1 as an awkward squack (basically, a PA to all 6th form seniors) at Peterhouse Girls School and blossomed into an award-winning woman (by award winning, I mean I won the inter-house public speaking competition in 6th form, something I am still very proud of) completing my A-Levels at Peterhouse Boys School.
Over the course of my high school career, I had many experiences and these stand out more to me because I was a boarder. From tasks to house training, Interact Shows to Inter-house competitions; Eisteddfod to the many dances we finally got to attend! What I love about music is how it forms the backdrop to life & just listening to some songs can transport you on the nostalgia train back in time. I decided to document a few songs that take me back to these days of my young life! This is by no means a comprehensive list, it’s just for fun. Do feel free to comment on this post with some of your fave tracks & share some of your memories with me! Enjoy 😉
1. Leaving (Always On Time Part II) – Ashanti ft. Ja Rule
D Block. Our first ever Interact Show at the boy’s school and this was the track that marked this as an unforgettable night. It was used for the fashion show and after that night, everyone PUNISHED this track to death. You could hear it blaring from speakers on the field as seniors got ready for the day ahead. It is still a jam to this day!!
2. (Oh No) What You Got – Justin Timberlake
Fast forward to 2003, B Block. By now I was a certified JT stan who believed the best tracks from his Justified album were the unreleased ones. When we weren’t getting into trouble, going for night time walks or whatever else we did in those days, we were doing some choreography to some song or another for an inter-house challenge or just for fun. This reminds me of Eunice Maigu – she lived for this song and was so fluid in her movements. Loves. It.
3. Dirrty – Christina Aguilera ft. Red Man
This song gave us another kind of CONFI!! For what, I don’t know, but it used to bring out some other kind in us. I don’t know why at 15 we thought it was OK to be ‘dirrty’ but we sure did have a gas on the floor. Personally, I loved Christina’s ‘Stripped’ album to the core – it is one of my all-time faves. This song doesn’t do justice to the gem of an album she released.
4. Everything – B2K
E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G (I-N-G-G-G-G)!!! Shout out to Audrey Kaukonde on this one!! She was a huge fan of B2K and made their music thrive with our PHG B Block group in 2003. We were in lurrv!
5. Baby I Love U – JLo ft. R. Kelly
“It’s like downtown New York in the middle of traffic jams!” This low-key, understated remix was adored by us all. The Pied Piper did his thing on this track and had us all feeling some typa way.
6. Tempted To Touch – Rupee
You know how in the old days they had their debutante balls? Well, at Peterhouse, our modern day equivalent was the ‘A Block Valentine’s Day’ dance. Fine, we got to go to a few of the dances in B Block, but A Block meant no restrictions! We could go to any and all dances. And this song provided the soundtrack to many of them dances. ’30 centimetres apart’ ring a bell for anyone? 😉
7. Burn – Usher
This was Usher’s comeback and he had us swooning over his abs while he crooned in our ears. Confessions was his last great album – what ensued since has been quite the disappointment.
8. Dreams – Boyz II Men
I am taken back to A Block with this one. It was a floating weekend and almost everyone had decided to go home for the weekend. Everyone except me and a few friends who’d missed that memo. I remember hanging out in one of their rooms feeling all depro and melting to the sounds of Boyz II Men. What. A. Track.
9. Lean Back – Terror Squad ft. Fat Joe, Remy
Most Zim dudes don’t dance. At least not how South Africans break it down. I’d like to think this song had something to do with it. Shout out – and I have to give a HUGE shout out to my cuz Ruwa A.K.A. ‘Rah Digga’ on this one. She used to go IN on Remy’s verse and held it down!!
10. Pon De Replay – Rihanna
The arrival of RiRi on the music scene occurred when I was in high school. I remember being puzzled by this girl from Barbados who knew Jay Z. We’d hate on her big forehead and lips with my friend not knowing she would be the phenom that she is today.
This was so much fun!! Think I need to do it again!!