He made Sundays wholesome. He was all about the perfect romantic slow jams during his time on Metro FM and Vuma FM.
He also paved the way for many aspiring radio personalities, but now the “Gentle Giant” Grant Shakoane has sadly passed on.
South Africa woke up this morning to the news, which was confirmed by renowned broadcaster and close friend Tim Modise.
Grant was hospitalised last week but the circumstances around his death have not been made public.
He began his career as a translator at an advertising agency before auditioning for a DJ post with Metro FM. He soon became the radio legend known as Shibabadoo Shibaa who played Soul and RnB on Sundays in 1986.
He made an immense contribution to the radio industry. Many will remember his show, the GC connection, that launched catch phrases like, “If it’s good, its Grant.”
Tributes have been pouring in from the radio community and South Africa as a whole.
Radio personality and musician DJ Sbu thanked him for his example. “Thank you for the contribution and paving the way for all of us to follow sir.” he wrote.
Thank you for the contributions and paving the way for all of us to follow sir. We forever appreciate you. May the radio gods be with you in heaven. Condolences to your family, close friends and colleagues. Rest in perfect peace our radio legend. #RIPGrantShakoane pic.twitter.com/zT1cHhkB9E— #HOMEGROWNRADIO (@djsbu) April 22, 2021
Sports broadcaster Robert Marawa took to his Twitter page to pen down a heartfelt tribute to the radio icon.
Grant made a cameo appearance on SABC 1's Skeem Sam. The broadcaster also took to social media to extend their condolences to the Shakoane family.
Tributes continue to pour in on social media.
The IFP extends our most sincere & heartfelt condolences to the family, friends & the entire media industry on the passing of radio legend & gentle giant, Grant Shakoane famously known as "Shibabadoo Shibaa" May his soul forever rest in peace, #RIPGrantShakoane Lala Ngoxolo???????? pic.twitter.com/kX8P5KcmVM— Inkatha Freedom Party (@IFPinParliament) April 22, 2021
Growing up this is what kept me entertained.... Mr Grant Shakoane ... so grateful that @DavidMashabela did the podcast series... it was such a great way to honour radio legends. Please do listen https://t.co/6wu84zMdgA #RIPGrantShakoane pic.twitter.com/XJtHjlDFl0— Liesl Hefkie???????? (@MsHfk) April 22, 2021