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I caught up with YFM’s new female presenter Zama Dube last week at the Nine West/YFM event. My first impressions were… “what a bubbly girl”. The purpose of this whole interview was to introduce the face behind the voice that will be taking over the airwaves at YFM weekdays 10-12pm (Mpho Maboi’s former slot).

FaraiToday: Hi Zama, first things first…how did all of this happen?

Zama: Gosh! Well it all happened so fast actually. I sent my demo to Y in October last year (2010) along with an email to the programs manager to have a listen to it. I didn’t expect him to reply so quickly, but in a matter of days, he emailed me back and requested that we meet.

FaraiToday: And how did the first meeting go?

Zama: It went really well, they liked what they heard and I immediately started training with “the playground” in late October. I remember having to sit in for Bonang in just three weeks, then Mpho. I did a lot of this especially during December when most of the DJ’s went on holiday or took short breaks etc.

FaraiToday: Sounds like you made a lot of progress in a short space of time. How did you take all of that in? Was it overwhelming for you?

Zama: At first it was but I learned to manage it all. I was also lucky ‘cause at the time Y were rotating 3 DJ’s for the 10-12pm slot and I was one of them, So in essence it was a fight to get the spot. I had to impress them and the listeners to finally bag the slot.

FaraiToday: When did you finally get to sign on the dotted line?

Zama: I signed my contract with Y a month ago.

FaraiToday: We all know that YFM is quite a young, loud and vibrant station, what do you think you will be bringing to the station that is fresh and hasn’t been heard before?

Zama: I think Y is a personality driven station and they hire someone for being different from the rest. I have that; I’m not trying to be anyone but myself. I’m that no limits, quirky girl. I don’t try to blend in.

FaraiToday: What else do you do apart from radio?

Zama: I’m an academic currently studying towards my Honours degree in African Literature via Wits University. I wanna show young people that you can be multi-faceted. I’m also a creative and I still want to pursue my academics, I just love academia. I want to be a meaningful contributor to the industry and not just a product.

FaraiToday: You sound very passionate about what you do and who you are. Is there anyone in particular who inspired your attitude?

Zama: I don’t have a particular DJ/person. I was raised by a single parent and was very close with my uncle who loved radio. I would wake up every morning even during weekends jut to listen to radio.

FaraiToday: And who did you listen to?

Zama: I listen to the likes of Just Ice and Phat Joe…I still love Phat Joe.

FaraiToday: What are your plans 10 years from now?

Zama: 10 years from now I’ll be 32 and I don’t wanna be competing with 22 year olds. I wanna be in the media behind the scenes though. I also wanna be involved in any kind of activism. I basically wanna establish myself as “that brand”.

FaraiToday: Are you excited about taking on the airwaves?

Zama: I’m very excited especially because it’s going to be on my own terms.

FaraiToday: Do you feel that you are ready?

Zama: At 22 I think I’m more ready than I could have ever been!

FaraiToday: With that been said, we wish you all the best Zama, can’t wait to hear what you got for us.

Zama: Thank you very much, I won’t forget that you are the first journalist to interview me. I appreciate the love.

That was all from our short exclusive interview, I really have a great feeling about her and I like her personality. It’s going to be interesting to hear if she can set and break the standards of the 10-12pm slot that previous presenters once held.

From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane- “I’m just saying”, so have your say…

Will you be listening to Zama’s show?

I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

Allegro – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Eliasphaahla

    Zama is unequivocally brilliant. I remember tutoring her in the Dept of International Relations at Wits during my Hons year. I am not at all surprised she has reached this landmark

  • Ntulis

    go Dube you making durban and mother proud,, go girl

  • Duduzile Chiloane

    im starting to warm up to her on radio. it will take time but shes doing a great job