Phat Joe shows up in Cape Town

2009-11-18 08:37

PHAT Joe might just be jumping from the frying pan into the


Axed from Kaya FM for comments about track star Caster Semenya, he

will now replace Lee Downs behind the mike on Heart 104.9FM’s Bokomo Breakfast

Show from December 7.

Heart has been described as a “graveyard” for Cape Town DJs and

allegations of nepotism has also plagued the station.

But Phat Joe is pretty upbeat, quipping at the Heart press

conference that he would work at getting the station’s license revoked.

Getting more serious, he said he hoped Cape listeners were ready

for what he’s got up his sleeve.

“It’s like I’m cooking up something but don’t know yet what’s it

going to taste like.”

He said he was looking forward to the move back to his student

town, where he had “a wonderful time”.

“I’m just hoping to be a part of the City and add to the momentum

that’s already been built at the station over the years. I’m coming for the ride

like a surfer riding a wave.”

He said he was fascinated with the dynamics of Cape Town and gave

it some much-needed support in the wake of reports that it was racist and

hostile to black people.

He said it was more cosmopolitan that Gauteng, and “mellower”.

“It was also easier to breathe the fresh sea air,” he said.

But Phat Joe, who made his name in Gauteng, might have his work cut

out for him trying to crack the notoriously clique-y Cape Town culture.

“Personally I don’t think Joe is the right choice considering the

Cape Town market but good luck to him,” said a Heart insider.

Other comments have been that Phat Joe’s getting “a bit tired now”.

Above board, however, he is being welcomed down south with open


Good Hope FM station manager Natano Brache – where Nigel Pierce

vies for listeners on its breakfast show – said a DJ of Phat Joe’s calibre would

“do wonders” for Cape Town radio.

“It will bring new life into Cape Town,” he said.

Brache said Phat Joe’s presence meant other breakfast show hosts

would have to up their game.

“Phat Joe is credible and he’s quite a hot DJ...with Cape Town

radio we’ve been living on DJ’s from Cape Town, and finally we’ve got a South

African, an African DJ.”

However, he warned that the Cape Town listeners might not be ready

for him.

Ian Bredenkamp, who is programme manger at Kfm where Ryan O’Connor

aims to keep his morning listeners, was less committal.

“Phat Joe is an experienced radio presenter who will add an

interesting element to the radio industry in Cape Town,” he said.

– West Cape



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