Zimbos launches online radio station in South Africa
Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Correspondent
THREE Zimbabweans based in South Africa have teamed up to create an online radio station, Amaqhawanentaba FM, which seeks to promote locals in the arts.
The station is an original idea of ââBongani Joseph Mathe alias DJ Wabonunuza from Lower Gwelo, Silungile Nobuhle Dube alias Makhwelintaba from Tsholotsho and Dingani Mathambo Khumalo alias Sandlasemfene from Silobela.
The station debuted online on December 31 and since then has aired on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
DJ Wabonunuza said the station was formed after realizing that many new talent in the country and abroad lack visibility due to stiff competition for airtime.
âWe also wanted to create jobs for people and introduce our talented young people to the world. There has been an influx of artists from our country, including musicians, writers, poets and actors that we want to promote.
âThe plan was also to energize diaspora-based businesses by providing them with advertising space. The end goal is to uplift each other, especially since we are outside the country, âsaid DJ Wabonunuza.
He said the station operates from Ivory Park Extension 2 in Midrand. So far there are six presenters, Sandla, Makhwelintaba, DJ Wabonunuza, DJ Mpongolicious, DJ Mjibhalicious and Doctor Dupute.
DJ Wabonunuza called on sponsors to join us and help promote local talent. On the station’s content, DJ Wabonunuza said, âThe station broadcasts all kinds of music and conducts live interviews with artists. We plan to cover traditional topics and have Bible studies with pastors to cover a wider part of our society.
The station is already displaying paintings featuring gospel singer Skhue and South African artist Maskandi IGcokama likaMthwakazi. – @mthabisi_mthire.