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Gwiba Nkonki

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Host of Umyezo we Reggae/Siyabakhumbula

Who are you?

Grew up in the dusty streets of Mthatha, raised by my single (late) mother in a small one room which was also a tavern and a spaza shop. As a true Gemini, I’m a people’s person, whose core attributes include communicating and interacting with diverse groups of people. I’m a simple, original guy who is passionate about music, broadcasting and sports.

 

What show do you host?

I’m on air Saturdays from 1 – 3 pm, firstly, hosting a heart-warming and memory evoking show called ‘Siyabakhumbula’. Where I track down the legends in the music industry who are no longer releasing music and are inactive. We celebrate their achievements, their lives through beautiful music and good conversations.

From 2 pm, I then host a fast paced music reggae show called ‘Umyezo We Reggae’, focusing on all things – Reggae.

 

When and how did your career start?

It all started in 1997 at UCR – FM when I was a student at Unitra (WSU), when the station had just started broadcasting. I presented a lifestyle weekend show on Friday & Saturday; I then later did the afternoon drive. I also had a short stint with Alfred Nzo Community Radio, which is where I was recruited by UWFM to do a lifestyle/entertainment show (Friday/Saturday evenings) and an Afro Jazz show called ‘African Beat’ on Sundays from 9 – 11 am.

Before joining UWFM, I have also worked for 2 FMCG companies occupying many positions, from a Multi Brand Ambassador, an Events Coordinator, to a Market Development Officer and a Sales Rep.

 

What have you achieved thus far within your career? What are your career highlights?

In June 2012, I was employed as Umhlobo Wenene FM’s Music Compiler, a position I still hold. I have officiated as a judge in various music talent search competitions and music awards, including:

  • The South African Music Awards (SAMA’s)
  • METRO Fm music awards
  • IMEXSA (Independent Music Exporters of South Africa)
  • The Eastern Cape Music Talent Search etc.

I have received recognition and awards from the media and government departments for excellent community work in sports, schools and music development.

 

Besides radio, what do you do?

When I’m not presenting my 2 shows or compiling for the 2nd biggest station, I officiate  as a judge, an MC in corporate functions, beauty pageants, weddings, music festivals and DJ for the older market mostly in Soul Sessions. I also do a lot of mentoring for the up and coming in the music and entertainment industry.

I also spend my time juggling between soccer coaching from Monday to Saturday, road running and being part of a soup kitchen run by my church every Saturday morning for the needy around Port Elizabeth.

 

My Motto in life:

Stay humble, be kind and work hard.

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