Gagasi FM: from street salon chit-chat to radio serial show

2012-04-14 00:00

GAGASI 99.5FM’s new radio serial, Eh Heh, was inspired by some of the stories station DJ and co-creator, Zookey, heard when she popped into different street hair salons in Durban.

The series, which premieres on the station tomorrow night at 10 pm, promises to cover everything from art and fashion to music.

Zookey (real name Zukiswa Vutela), who presents an arts and culture-themed programme, Art Attack, from 7 pm to 8 pm on Thursdays and a spoken word and neo-soul-themed programme on Sunday evenings from 10 pm, said other ideas for the show were inspired by her vibrant

Facebook page.

“I really enjoy social commentary and use my Facebook page to share my experiences, everything from growing up in a township to the stories I hear when I’m out and about,” she said.

To write Eh Heh, she joined forces with Clinton Marius, the man behind Lotus FM’s hugely successful Lollipop Lane.

“Tapping into Clinton’s creative skills and marrying them with my own, our new series on Gagasi 99.5FM will carry an element of edutainment, using satire, comedy and drama to deal with social ills and situations. I believe such commentary, done in a fun manner, is the best teacher in life,” Zookey, who originally worked in marketing and public relations, said.

“I’m really hoping that the listeners will embrace it. People are definitely excited. I’ve released a few snippets and there has been a lot of positive comment. Most people grew up in a storytelling tradition, so I believe it will be popular.”

Eh Heh, which will be broadcast in English and Zulu and which stars some of KwaZulu-Natal’s best radio actors, including Mpume Mthombeni, Loretta Green, Shika Budhoo, Dhaveshan Govender and Pauline Dalais, will initially be broadcast twice a week – on Thursdays at 7 pm, and Sundays at 10 pm – but Zookey is hoping that it will eventually be aired every day. Among the characters expected to make an appearance are a policeman who checks permits, and people who try to sell illegal goods to the salon owner and customers.

Zookey also revealed that she and Gagasi FM’s marketing manager, Zama Nobandla, run monthly listener get togethers around the province. Each month has a different topic based on issues being discussed on Facebook and in Zookey’s two DJ slots.

“Currently I’ve been hosting them at The Benjamin Hotel … and together we are working on a fashion show to showcase the four KwaZulu-Natal designers that exhibited at the Jozi fashion week,” she said.

The fashion show will be on April 21. The designers Genna-Wae Webster, Karen Monk-Klijnstra, Kathrin Kidger and Manuela from Colourworks International will be on Zookey’s show next Thursday at 7 pm.

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