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Youth urged to preserve local music

Legendary group Mahotella Queens strut their stuff on stage.

Legendary group Mahotella Queens strut their stuff on stage.

The legendary Mahotella Queens has vowed to return to Sedibeng region to facilitate musical workshops following a stint visit in a bid to preserve Mbhaqanga legacy.

Taking intervals in between their performances, Hilda Tloubatla took time to have a word or two with the young revellers who had gathered in their large numbers post commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre formal proceedings.

“It can’t be right that every day we jet off to overseas to conduct workshops about our locally produced music yet our children are neglected,” laments Tloubatla.

The 74-year old lead singer says the mentality that something is only good because it is endorsed or comes from abroad is wrong as a result that has to change.

“We cannot have people coming and claiming what is rightfully ours, our children need to take pride in their music,” Tloubatla added.

Recently jazz maestro Don Laka took to social media and vented his anger over lack of airplay for local music by the national broadcaster in favour of international acts.

Laka also came under fire for naming club DJs who are now doubling as radio disc-jockeys by deeming the move as a conflict of interest.

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NYIKKAAA: Mojalefa Chuchi Radebe

NYIKKAAA: Mojalefa Chuchi Radebe

A disc jockey (DJ) since the late 90s, Chuchi Mudyasoul Radebe has had a lengthy career associated with house music; this long association has led him be¬ing not just your regular house dj but a house music experience itself.

Mudyasoul can effortlessly play 5 house genres ranging from Deep Tech, Deep Soulful, Afro Soulful, and Soulful to Jazzy House Music.

Inspired by the love he has for good house music and music broadly, he feel that people are not exposed to as much as they should be.

MudyaSoul is all about edutain¬ment, entertain¬ing party go¬ers while ed¬ucat¬ing them about good house music.

Playing his first set in the East¬ern Free State, Mudyasoul says it was nerve wrecking, excitement coupled with an overwhelming fear of making mistakes, more especially looking at the massive crowd and spot a few of the vet¬eran dj one looks up to.

“Though I had enough prac¬tise and felt that I was ready, the nerves eventually got to me and spoilt my entire set, that’s when I realised that no amount of practice in my backroom can prepare one for the massive crowd of party go¬ers out to have a good time.

Like the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I learned a lot from the experience and never looked back since” Mudyasoul lamented.

His first ever gig was at Lejw-eng Nightclub in Vanderbijlpark, which exposed him to a number of Vaal DJ’s legends such as Nation Mahlatsi, Boy Legend, Jay T and Baba Mzwakhe who took him un¬der their wing and mentored him.

Through their guidance, Mudya¬soul started getting gigs at various places ranging from varsity res gigs in the Vaal, Sasolburg and Meyerton.

Later on in his DJ journey back in 2010, he met a much younger than he is disc jockey by the name of Paseka Dee¬prootz Exclusive Tshabalala who then introduced him to being a resident dj at one of the best places in the Vaal, Lefelong Café.

He then co-residented there for 3 years but all good things come to an end and moved on as a team to much greener pastures. With a list of guest slots on local radio stations such as Lekoa FM, Sedibeng FM and VUT FM Chuchi Mudyasoul is now a resident dj at Thetha FM’s 100.6 Mhz Dance Flo Lockdown show that airs every Saturday from 7pm to 10pm.

He is also a full time resident disc spinner at Ebuhleni Up¬stairs in Tshirela for a good 2 years since 2014 thus display¬ing his notable presence in the Vaal Dj Industry.

Jeffrey Seleka guarantees excellency.

Jeffrey Seleka guarantees excellency.

Sedibeng FM went on-air amid much fan-fare promising to be the next best thing after a slice of bread. The much travelled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the station Jeff Seleka opened his door Reginald Nhlapo to share on his initiative as well as the vision and further gives an insight on the controversial statement he uttered that Sedibeng FM is the first community ra¬dio station in the Vaal to cater for black audience in the region.

BRIEFLY INTRODUCE YOURSELF…
I am originally from Limpopo, father of three (two daughters and a son). The only son to my parents having being raised by my mother, and I reside in Orange Farm. Aca¬demically I think I attend roughly three primary schools then went to do my high schooling at Provi¬dence Academy.

YOUR BACKGROUND IN THE MEDIA
I studied Media Studies at Boston College where I majored in Radio, Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing. My career in radio be¬gan when I joined Thetha FM as Head of Marketing, Advertising and Sales. Funny enough, though I was not a presenter but I was the first guy to go on-air for approxi¬mately two to three hours. I was with the station from 2005 to 2008.

FROM BEING HEAD OF SALES TO BEING ON-AIR, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
Actually, that was all part of the plan. Upon delivery of the broadcasting gear the techni¬cians had to provide training (on the use) and I happened to be the main person whom they were communicating with therefore I was at ease with op¬erating it more than the others though I must say that I love ra¬dio but more being behind the scene. I prefer being the man behind the success of the sta¬tion and not behind the show; in a nutshell I hate fame because it has its own consequences.

THE ESTABLISHMENT… OF THE STATION, THAT BEING ‘IT’ JUST A DREAM, ‘IT’ BEING PUT INTO CONCEPT AND IN THE END ‘IT’ BEING A PLAN EXECUTED
After I left Jomo Cosmos I contemplated about it, I then identified the area which is where the Vaal came into mind having realised that in the re¬gion there was no radio station that catered for the blacks as the ones already in existence were based out of the Vaal. Thetha is based in the greater Johannesburg south; VUT FM is a campus station which is out of the question while VCR is white-dominated. A typi¬cally example would be a fa¬ther from the neighbourhood mending our household, how about having a father within the household. I approached Independent Communication Authority of SA (ICASA) and enquired about the availability of spec¬trum for a frequency around the Vaal, submitted a proposal then was granted a frequency that was in 2012.

The application for broadcast¬ing license commenced in 2013 and it was granted in August the same year while the spec¬trum license was obtained this year.

In the end we went on-air on the 26 April, though normally programming started in May 2.

All of these were a collective effort with the enormous help from the station’s Chief Finan¬cial Officer (CFO), Nkgabiseng Tsotetsi and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Thys Diale.

WHERE WOULD YOU… LIKE TO SEE THE STATION HEADING IN THE NEAR
FUTURE?

I would like to see one of the Sedibeng FM’s staff members emulat¬ing me as the CEO of the station one day. The core of the station is to make an impact in the lives of our communities especially the listeners whether socially, educa¬tionally or otherwise.

YOUR BEST MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY?
Being the first black guy to ever work for Media Connection (which is the biggest company in the community radio sector)

Socialite Iris Nthebe hosted an all white party to celebrate her 40-year birthday and announced engagement to Businessman Warden Moeti.

Socialite Iris Nthebe hosted an all white party to celebrate her 40-year birthday and announced engagement to Businessman Warden Moeti.

From Left to Right: Vanessa Masilo(Brand Ambassador), Dima Thaele (So Bling Owner) and Model Lerato Mokoena. Photo: Supplied.

From Left to Right: Vanessa Masilo(Brand Ambassador), Dima Thaele (So Bling Owner) and Model Lerato Mokoena. Photo: Supplied.

By Khutsahalo Matlhare

Beautiful people across Vaal and far afield came together on Sunday to witness the revolution of the beauty industry when So Bling hair health and beauty Spa re-launched its brand. The event was attended by socialites, business people and those who consider themselves as trendsetters.

Former Miss Emfuleni and Miss SA runner-up Lerato Mokoena oversaw the event as master of ceremony (MC). Among the distinguished guests were the likes of Free-State Businesswoman of the year Mpho Molete-Matlanyane and So Bling brand ambassador Vanessa Masilo.

Guests were treated to a mini hair show where the latest in hair trends were showcased. This was after they were treated to Spa tour where they were given insight about the new services and products that are now being offered at So Bling hair health and beauty Spa. This includes medical ear piercing, teeth whitening and body polishing. Some guests also got the chance to test the Bling shower that does everything while you just sit, listen to music and get your massage or pedicure.

The re-launch of So Bling hair health and beauty Spa comes three years since the business first opened its doors in Vanderbijlpark, by owner Dima Thaele who is a qualified beautician.

*A new branch was opened in Vereeniging as part of the brand re-launch.

VCR FM 90.6 Friday Night Live host Mduduzi Moagi.

VCR FM 90.6 Friday Night Live host Mduduzi Moagi.

Mduduzi Moagi is a young lad with a promising career in the radio industry. With just above five years experience in community radio, he broke the barriers by joining a white-predominantly station. The beginning of this month Moagi hosted his first show Friday Night Live at Vaal Community Radio (VCR) 90.6. “Big Boy” as he is known by his listeners opened up to The View and gave a glimpse on the latest development regarding his move as he relived the experience…

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LOVE FOR RADIO…
My father was a taxi driver; back then “Start Taxi Music” cassettes were popular and being the kid that I was I would imitate the DJ as the sound racket through the speakers. Come to think of it I used to love Msizi Shembe so much that I wouldn’t dare miss his show as he inspired me a lot and that goes for the likes of Bob Mabena but make no mistake though I am not one of those who were inspired by Khabzela.

DID YOU EVER THOUGHT YOU’D END UP WORKING ON RADIO?
Not at all but it’s not by chance either, growing up there was this urge to become a doctor, nurse, policeman or a teacher for that matter but with the inception of Thetha FM in 2005 all that changed and I must admit that the bug bit me and since then I haven’t looked back.

ON JOINING A WHITE-PREDOMINANTLY RADIO STATION…
It was about time to take my career to the next level, when you look back I’ve hosted numerous slots from Sondela via Dia Rora which was more urban to Imbizo Midday Time Session which was more talk and less music type of a show, all those programs have different content and music genre; what better way and time to gauge my capability. I’m anticipating new challenges now that I’m in a complete different environment.

WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING BACK ON RADIO AFTER A FIVE MONTHS ABSENCE?
It feels great because at one point I thought I was losing my grip. I left 100.6MHz in May, therefore you can imagine how badly I yearned to be back behind the microphone, I am grateful to Darryl Grant for the training he provided till I went on-air and VCR 90.6 FM for the opportunity granted.

HOW DID FIND YOUR FIRST SHOW ON VCR 90.6
I was shaking but finally I came around. My former colleague Thabo Mokone became the first caller on the show, though it didn’t come as shock but I thought to myself “wow” if a seasoned DJ like him would go an extra mile in calling and wishing me luck it simply meant there’s something good I was doing.

THETHA FM AND VCR FM CATERS FOR DIFFERENT MARKET, WHAT HAS TRANFORMATION BEEN LIKE FOR YOU?
My time at Thetha FM was experimental; it was training which equipped me to be versatile. I am at a point where I can safely say that I have grown in every aspect and am ready to go to greater heights in a form of the new market.

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO WOO THE WHITE MARKET TO YOUR SHOW?
I’ve noted cautiously that majority of the listeners on my show are those who were with me while still at Thetha, the new market is there but it won’t be easy to break into especially considering that the show in particular is directed at the black market. The environment may be different but not hostile. Given time I believe they will fit in with the show.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A GOOD RADIO PERSONALITY?
Definitely Passion, by so saying I’m referring to the desire and hunger to do something. For instance passion (for me) is when a person takes a long trip anywhere in the world just to find a job as a DJ. Talent alone is not enough, radio is not like football and a good voice goes a long way in making one unique.

YOUR EMBARRASSING MOMENT ON-AIR
I was shadowing Moyeni van Wyk and on this particular day it happened that he couldn’t do the show; as a result I had to be on-air, out of excitement on my first link I found myself saying “Pina ena e etsa ma@$%#”. It dawned later what I’ve said, good thing though that I learned from that mistake.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR SAD MOMENT
That has to be in 2008 when I got fired at Thetha FM for reasons still unknown to me till this day.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE LOCAL RADIO ACHIEVE WHICH IT HASN’T?
I would love to see community radio stations in our region groom talent and be able to produce personalities that will break into national radio stations. As for management of radio stations I feel the manner in which they run these entities is absurd and that they are lazy to seek talent.

ADVICE TO BUDDING RADIO PERSONALITIES
It’s good to be inspired by the great guys like Ba2cada but they need to stop being copycats. They need to be themselves so that they could be noticed as bringing a new element to the industry. Education plays a crucial role in every aspect of our lives, and it’s imperative to be able to read. One needs to be able to read and translate a live-read especially in our indigenous language.

IN CONCLUSION
In radio you are as good as your last show, and I hope DJ’s who believed that they were bigger than their respective stations can attest to this. Community radio is there to be a bridge to national radio; even the most listened to personalities knows when their time is up.

Radio DJ hospitalised

Posted: 30/12/2013 in Infotainment
Thetha FM's Breakfast show host Daniel Dezz Rakgogo. Photo: Supplied

Thetha FM’s Breakfast show host Daniel Dezz Rakgogo. Photo: Supplied

Motho oa kgale okile are “re kopane re le dithaka empa re salekane”. I am the son of Montgomery, and I’m twice as nice”. These are some of the phrases you‘re bound to hear weekdays every morning when your dial is on Thetha FM 100.6Mhz by Daniel Rakgogo.

Dezz as he is affectionately known to his listeners was admitted to hospital recently after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Dezz said, “The lump (on my left thigh) started in March this year, back then it seemed harmless but it grew until a point where I couldn’t take it any longer. I consulted a government hospital and was told I’ll be on the waiting list and the only time they could accommodate me will be next year, mind you I’ve been having sleepless nights.

Rakgogo has been off air but assured his fans and friends that he will be back on his feet in no time.

“I am confident that I will pull through, at times I would ask myself why does it has to be me but only God knows and will see me through. I mean there have been people who managed to overcome this illness and I believe that I will too and only the strong survive,” concluded a tearful Rakgogo.

Article: As published on The View News