Information reaching our news desk has it that Former Ukhozi FM station Manager, Bhodloza Nzimande has passed away. He was reported to have died today January 14 2021. His cause of death is not yet known as at the time of filing this report.
He was known to be the early founders of Maskandi music genre.
I’m BROKEN…Bhodloza Nzimande lala ngokuthula. Thanks for everything and I’m what I am because of your leadership. You allowed me to start the slot of the MOTIVATION on Ukhozi fm, Magic tour even advice me on personal things. Mpathi wami – kulungile lala Qhawe. pic.twitter.com/frQxx1ipjQ
— Linda Sibiya (@Linda_Sibiya) January 15, 2021
Bhodloza in 1978 joined the SABC’s biggest radio station, Ukhozi FM as an announcer for 19 years and thereafter as the Station Manager for 13 years. As an announcer it is where he displayed his passion for local music (maskandi), sung and performed by local artists in South Africa. He promoted the indigenous as well as traditional music in his radio programmes. In both radio and television he showed unparalleled enthusiasm, passion, dedication and love for traditional and indigenous music.
In 1987 he, together with Prof Joseph Shabalala of the popular Ladysmith Black Mambazo, formed the South African Traditional Music Association (SATMA) after the Ladysmith Mambazo’s first Grammy award. This in 2005 led to the formation of the awards of traditional Music called SATMA awards of which he became the active Board member until when he was forming the Bhodloza Nzimande Foundation (BNF) and felt the conflict of interest. He took an early retirement from the SABC station, Ukhozi FM in March 2010 and joined Mvunonala Holdings (PTY) Ltd as an Executive Director. In February 2013 he was appointed by the Minister of Labour to be the Chairperson of the Unemployment Insurance Fund Board (UIF).
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