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Entertainment - Date: 10 February 2020
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Alfred Jazzman Chuene did not know that his love of jazz music would earn him a position as presenter at Musina FM.
A successful professional recording artist with two jazz albums behind his name, Jazzman was recruited by the management of Musina FM to join the station to present the Jazz Music Show every Sunday between 13:00 and 15:00.
He said it was an honour for him to be called upon to serve his community, which he loved so much. “I was indeed very flattered to be asked to come and work for my people. As a recording artist who has been in the jazz music fraternity for over 10 years, it became very easy for me to adjust behind the microphone. I knew I was doing the right thing because during my first day, I received countless calls from satisfied listeners who commended my work behind the microphone.”
Jazzman said the power of radio could never be underestimated when it came to uniting people and making new friendships. “Because the frequency of our radio station also spills into Zimbabwe, I receive a lot of calls from satisfied loyal Zimbabwean fans who listen to my show. Some of them have personally delivered relatively unknown original Zimbabwean jazz music for me to play for the South African fans this side.”
He said that he also made sure that he played lesser-known South African jazz artists for the benefit of the Zimbabwean listeners. “Through the show, I have also received an invite to record a jazz album with some of the top artists in Zimbabwe.”
He said that nothing beat thorough preparation when it came to the radio world. “I make sure that I’m well prepared before sitting behind the microphone. In fact, I arrive at the radio station three hours before my show starts. I also open the lines to give my listeners an opportunity to participate by calling in to the show, thereby making them part of the bigger family at Musina FM.”
He talked about his future plans: “We need to introduce as many youths as possible to the radio and music industry. My dream is to establish a music and broadcast academy here in Musina within the space of ten years. We will need dedicated partners to come on board to realize this dream.”
Adored jazz artist Alfred Jazzman Chuene.