Is Bonang’s radio show any good?

2014-04-21 14:00

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On April 1, Metro?FM listeners woke up to the distinctive voice of Bonang Matheba on a mid-morning slot made popular by the likes of Penny Lebyane and Azania Mosaka.

Azania practically made the mid-morning slot her own with a combination of poise, cool sincerity and an infectious voice. Then she left for Power?FM.

When Siphokazi January took over from her last year, she received a mixed response and has now made way for Bonang and moved to the 12pm-3pm slot on the same station.

But Bonang’s national radio debut has also received mixed reviews, especially on social media.

It’s been three weeks of The Front Row and a group of City Press staffers have been tuning in to rate the much-hyped show.

Mamello Masote went looking for the bubbly Bonang on her dial, but was shocked not to find that Bonang.

Her verdict: “There is a lot going on there, but perhaps three weeks is not long enough for the team to gel. But the 20-20 music mixes managed to keep my toes tapping.”

Bonang made a name for herself as a loud and cheery presenter while at youth station YFM.

A move to a more mature station was inevitable and one cannot expect the same Bonang on Metro.

She’s toned it down, which is a good thing.

That said, though, we didn’t expect quite such a mature voice and we’re not entirely sure what’s going on there.

She seems to be trying very hard to be serious, controlled and annunciated. It’s just too difficult to bear for some of us who loved her spontaneity on YFM.

As a big Bonang fan, Thulethu Zwane struggled to listen to the show, describing her experience as “close to torture” as a result of “twanging and noisy music”.

Office mum Christine Sehume loved the presenter’s “energy and youthfulness” that shows she is “a positive person”.

But she was also put off by Bonang’s accent, which she finds difficult to describe.

A frank and always boisterous Khanyiso Tshwaku observed: “Azania set a bar that was always going to be difficult to match, hence the need to get a celebrity in.

“I felt Siphokazi was a natural replacement who could create her own flavour without trying to become Azania.

“Her show took some getting used to, but I gradually warmed to it and it came as surprise to learn she had been turfed in favour of Bonang.

“It is all good and well that Bonang wears many hats and I do think she is a success on TV, but radio is a different beast altogether. The times I have listened to her, I found her to be uninspiring to say the least.

“Like I did with Siphokazi, I will give her an opportunity to settle, but after a first listen, I’d say she isn’t cutting the mustard.”

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