Tributes pour in for former Metro FM DJ Grant Shakoane

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Grant Shakoane during the launch of the radio legend's podcast series in 2020.
Grant Shakoane during the launch of the radio legend's podcast series in 2020.
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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.” 

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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.

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. 

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