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Treasure Tshabalala's journey to stardom

By Faeza
09 December 2016

Media personality, Treasure Tshabalala’s career spans over 40 years in the entertainment business, with the 64-year-old lending his deep and silky voice to radio and appearing in various TV shows and adverts.

He shares with Move! that he started out in radio long before he got onto our TV screens. Treasure recently starred in Mzansi Magic's The Queen and says it was a wonderful

experience to act alongside talented people such as Connie Ferguson.

A CAREER BEHIND THE MIC

Born and raised in Soweto, Treasure’s involvement in broadcasting began in the 70s and thanks to his deep and silky voice, he has always stood out. Even though people recognise him from the sitcom Nonzamo, he explains that radio will always be his first love.

“I started out in Swaziland at a radio station called Radio Metro. I then moved back to South Africa to explore other opportunities as I saw that there were a lot of opportunities here. I knew it was going to be a smart move to come back to the country,” he says.

Upon arriving back to South Africa, Treasure got into theatre while looking for a radio job. But things were quiet with no job prospects until a few months later when he got a job at a data company and trained as a programmer.

Treasure has been a radio presenter for Swazi Radio, Radio Capitol, 702, Metro FM and Jozi FM. These days, his signature voice can be heard on Hot 91.9FM where he presents Late Nite Love Songs weekdays between 8pm and midnight, as well as a show on Sundays from 12pm until 3pm.

“Honestly, radio makes me feel alive and whole. I don’t think I will ever leave the radio industry.”

GETTING INTO TELEVISION

South African TV audiences first got introduced to Treasure when he appeared in the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy. “The movie opened a lot of doors for my acting

career. After the movie, I was called to be on another movie called Stoney: The One and Only, which helped to put my acting career on the map. I think my bold voice helped my career to flourish,” laughs Treasure.

The father of six has appeared in TV shows such as Generations, Muvhango, 90 Plein Street, Shaka Zulu and Jacob's Cross. Treasure is not just a radio presenter and actor. In

the 90s, he co-presented a soccer series on SABC1 and ngoMgqibelo.

“It has been quite a beautiful journey for me and my career, but radio will always be my first love." Asked about his children, Treasure says they give him strength in everything that he does. “I believe that I am where I am now because of them, and they are really proud of who I have become today,” he concludes.