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DJ Fresh, DJ Sbu, Tbo Touch, Gareth Cliff & Robert Marawa Get Real About Working in South African Radio

South African radio royalty discusses the pains and pleasures of the industry.

DJ Fresh, DJ Sbu, Tbo Touch, Gareth Cliff and Robert Marawa are all accomplished radio and TV personalities in South Africa. Recently, they treated radio fans to a conversation among the five of them. The discussion spanned more than an hour and a half, and it focused on the pains and pleasures of working on radio in the country. The legends each gave their takes on various issues such as reshuffling, changing lives with their work, adapting to new trends, radio in the Internet era, and the complicated politics at play.


All five of them have had their fair share of drama and controversy. DJ Fresh was fired by Metro FM for using profanity on air, and recently signed a contract with 947. Phat Joe was pulled off air "until further notice" for homophobic comments he made on his Radio 2000 show last month. TV and radio presenter Robert Marawa, who was let go by Supersport in May, according to him, via SMS, still has a show on Metro FM.

Touch resigned from Metro FM in 2016, and went on to start his own online radio station, Touch Central. DJ Sbu was let go by the SABC in 2015, and went on to start the online station Massiv Metro with Massiv Media. Gareth Cliff currently owns Cliff Central, the online station in which the conversation was being held on the Pure Conversations show. Cliff left 5FM in 2014 to start Cliff Central.

Which is why a conversation among the five personalities was always bound to be a must-listen. They speak about the hard work the goes on behind the scenes, and how those who want to follow in their footsteps should put in the hours just like they did.

The conversation was inspired by a now-viral tweet from comedian Trevor Gumbi, who encouraged the big guns to join forces and start their own radio station. He introduces the episode with his curt sense of humor, poking fun at his counterparts and himself.

Listen to the whole conversation below:

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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