Zim Artists Invade Swazi Online Radios


Renowned Zimbabwean musicians Vusa Mkhaya and Sani Makhalima took part in the Hala Africa Top 20 music show broadcast on Swaziland’s online radio station, Hala Radio.

The two-hour music show that celebrates and promotes African music from different parts of Africa airs every Saturday at 3 p.m. and repeats on Sunday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m.

On the show, Vusa Mkhaya’s song Masiyephambili, which features artists from Bulawayo, was at number four this week from number seven last week and I Dropout by Makhalima fell to number 16 this week from position 14 last week.

Larry Mhlanga, director of the Eswatini-based Zimbabwean and Hala radio station, told NewsDay Life & Style that the show was inspired by the work done in Africa by artists, but only enjoyed in their respective countries.

“Africa’s newest internet radio station, Hala Radio, based in the Kingdom of Eswatini, Swaziland has launched an upbeat African music show, Hala Africa Top 20 presented by renowned Eswatini music compiler, Bongani “DJ Tizalami” Dube,” he said.

“The show features the best urban and contemporary music from all corners of Africa, especially music that is in high rotation on top stations in the respective five regions, West Africa, South Africa East, North Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa.”

He said the show, which is a melting pot of afrobeats, kizomba, amapiano, afro-soul, urban grooves, among other African musical genres, gave them credibility and ownership of their Africanism as a station and artists.

“Radio is a powerful tool for artists and being recognized as an artist motivates and inspires you to do more. depending on the situation and how our vision evolves,” he said.

“Sani Makhalima has been making amazing music for many years, but it has not been recognized on an African level. As an African radio station and Kingdom drumbeat, we need to be heard all over the world.

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