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Entertainment - Date: 19 June 2020
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Those who think that the legacy of former legendary presenter of the erstwhile Radio Thohoyandou and Radio Venda, Russel Razzmatazz Mashige has faded into thin air should reconsider their thinking. This is because Razzmatazz’s golden voice has been resurrected in the form of Mulalo Masindi, famously known as DJ Mawelewele in the radio industry.
Masindi, who draws his inspiration from Razzmatazz, is one of the most loved and famous presenters at Vhembe FM. He presents Zwa Afrika, a programme that promotes African music, religions, traditions, and heritage. The programme is on air every Sunday between 18:00 and 22:00.
“I used to imitate Razzmatazz when I was still young. I would never move away from the radio when Razzmatazz was on air. At times I would visit Radio Thohoyandou just to see him presenting, and that ignited my inspiration. I made an undertaking with myself that one day I would be like my radio hero, Razzmatazz. A dream without effort remains a wish, and I made sure that I worked hard to achieve what I have set for myself. And the rest is now part of history.”
Besides being a renowned radio presenter, Masindi is a multitalented public servant and entertainer who wears many hats. A member of the South African Police Services (SAPS), he started his primary schooling at Mutshetshe and completed his Grade 12 at Milton Mpfumedzeni Secondary School. He then enrolled with Fuba School of Drama in Johannesburg, where he specialized in speech and drama. He is involved in doing voice-overs for radio adverts with various production companies. Before joining Vhembe FM, he worked for Univen FM, The Voice Community Radio station in Mayfair, Radio 1584 in Lodium, Ngoma Lungundu FM and Soshanguve Community Radio.
He shares the recipe of his success with his fans. “When you go on air, you should be fully prepared. Know your subject matter and do research about the music of the artists you are going to play on air. Also make sure that you treat your listeners with respect because they have different views. Over and above, make sure that you use acceptable language because you are addressing people from different backgrounds, age groups, cultural and religious beliefs.”
He encourages budding radio presenters to seek education first before fully venturing into the broadcasting industry. “Education is the key to success and it will take you to wherever you want in life. If you become educated, you will have something to lean on when your broadcasting career hits a snag.”
Mulalo DJ Mawelewele Masindi. Photo supplied.