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Beloved South African Radio Broadcaster Xolani Gwala Has Passed Away

After a long battle with cancer, South Africans bid farewell to the Radio 702 broadcaster.

Radio 702 broadcaster Xolani Gwala, passed away in the early hours of this morning. After a long battle with cancer, he hangs up his earphones at the age of 44. He leaves behind his wife, Peggy Sue Khumalo and their two children.


South Africans woke up to the tragic news of Gwala's passing and social media has since been flooded with messages of condolence and heartfelt tributes to the veteran radio giant. Back in September of 2017, Gwala was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer and soon began the journey to tackle it aggressively with treatement. He returned to radio in August of the following year after he had successively gone into remission. In an interview with the SABC, he spoke candidly about his journey and said that, "It's been a crazy year but as I have said before‚ it's going to take me a really long time to understand it. It has been hell, perhaps that's the easiest thing to say."

Fellow radio personalities including Eusebius McKaizer and DJ Fresh as well as several other South Africans have taken to social media to bid Gwala farewell. Here are some of their messages:







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Listen to TNS’ Long-Awaited Sophomore Album ‘Phupholetu’

Stream TNS' new album 'Phupholetu'.

Multi-talented South African musician TNS has finally released his sophomore album Phupholetu, the follow-up to his 2019 gold-selling Madlokovu: King of African House.

The double album consists of 30 songs, which TNS has been working on since the beginning of lockdown, including the previously released singles "iBhari," "Nyathela," "Zodwa Wabantu" and "Umhlaba Wonke".

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"So, the podcast is an inside scoop for people to see what it's like to be an artist on these times and this day and age," says Nasty C. "What it takes, the stuff you go through, the lessons, the curve balls on how to manage certain situations, the best knowledge to have coming in. You know what I mean? That type of stuff."
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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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