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Umhlobo Wenene’s DJ Zee rules the airwaves

By admin
06 June 2014

She’s young and vibrant, and is just what the doctor ordered in the programme Line-up of the hugely popular Umhlobo Wenene radio station. She may be only 27 years of age, but popular female deejay Zintle Mbusi, popularly known as DJ Zee, has taken the airwaves by storm ever since she joined the station in 2011.

The vivacious Zee hosts the popular Zintle Zoyi10 Local Top 10 every Saturday morning, where she play 10 of the country’s most popular local songs.

The show has proved to be popular with the millions of Umhlobo Wenene listeners. Zintle, who also hosts the hugely popular Abahlali Abangalali programme on Umhlobo Wenene, believes it’s high time that people appreciated and were proud of their local music, and supported it instead of buying overseas music. “Local is lekker, and I am proud of the fact that my show promotes local music. Not that there’s anything bad about people listening to other music from elsewhere, but we need to start by appreciating our own, hence the saying ‘charity begins at home’,” she says.

Born in Ngangelizwe township in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, Zee’s family moved to the rural Nyandeni Great Place when she was only five, and she confesses to being ‘a proudly rural girl’.

The third-born of six siblings, Zee suffered heartache in 2012 when her eldest sister passed away. “It was a huge blow for me, but I had to be strong because life is full of surprises – both pleasant and unpleasant. But my sister’s death taught me to be strong and to treat every

day as if it were my last,” she says. She launched her radio career in 2007 while doing her final year in media studies at MSC Business College in Port Elizabeth.

“My first radio gig was at KQFM in Port Elizabeth. I then worked at Khanya FM, a community radio station, in 2011, before joining Unitra Community Radio (UCR),” she says.

When asked why she chose a career in radio, Zee says for as long as she can remember she has always ‘flirted with radio’ and yearned to be behind the microphone one day. As a teenager, radio was the only form of entertainment in her home, and she recalls how she used to listen to the radio until she fell asleep. Never in her wildest dreams back then did she anticipate that she would realise her childhood ambition of being a radio deejay. She may be popular with hordes of fans that idolise her, but Zee is quick to point out that it wasn’t plain sailing.