thobela! the story you are about to read is based on my experiences before, during and after my career as a deejay at the saBc. at the end of the book you will have gained insight into the music industry in south africa and its connections beyond. you'll also have an idea of the role played by the media in supporting the industry. i hope to generate a lot of discussions, debates and arguments around the what, who, when, how and why amongst you wherever and whoever you are. i know there will be different opinions and versions of how certain events "actually" unfolded. Whatever comes out of those interactions will influence other individuals to write from different angles. you will notice as you read this book that it was also enriched by conversations amongst musicians, radio personalities, music industry executives and concert promoters. in my career as a radio deejay/presenter there have been two statements that haunted me day and night ­ one from a foreigner and the other from a Premier. Just after the 1990 release of dr nelson Mandela, i had the privilege of securing an appointment with one of the most gifted sons of our soil, caiphus semenya ­ he of the Quincy Jones school of excellence. arrangements for the interview were facilitated by condry Ziqubu, whose lead guitar Katse is in love with. Both grew up in alexandra township. our venue was one of the modest lodges in Midrand. caiphus had not yet relocated to south africa. during the interview we touched on the subject of local music content in the media. he told me about the observations of his friend from Los angeles, who had followed him to south africa. When he asked him about his first impressions about this country he said, "on arrival i was very excited to see the blue skies and the wide open spaces. i turned on the radio to listen to the music of africa. none. i fiddled with the tuner, but station after station rocked me with american music.

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