Bhodloza Nzimande Bio, Wiki
Bhodloza Nzimande is a former Ukhozi Fm station manager Welcome “Bhodloza” Nzimande, who died early on Friday, Jan 15th, 2021.
Nzimande, who was born in 1947, has been hailed as a hero by both the broadcasting and the music industry. The legend of the airwaves joined SABC in 1978 as a newsreader and hosted different shows.
Bhodloza Nzimande Career
Nzimande co-founded the South African Traditional Music Association (Satma) with the late Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, an initiative that paved the way for the launch of the Satma awards in 2005. Under Nzimande’s leadership as station manager for 13 years from 1997, Ukhozi FM – so named after 1995 – scaled the heights to become the SABC’s biggest ethnic station.
KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala described Nzimande as a doyen of radio, adding that Nzimande’s passing signalled the end of a unique and incomparable era in the history of broadcasting.
“During the dark days of apartheid, these broadcasters captured the minds and souls of their multitude of listeners. With their incredible intellect, they used their voices to give meaning to radio as theatre of the mind,” said Zikalala.
Zikalala also credited Nzimande, the “father of maskandi music”, for using his radio and television platforms to redefine and elevate the genre, destroying negative stereotypes about “backwardness” that were once associated with it.
“Bhodloza’s fingerprints are easily traceable in the genre’s rapid and unprecedented growth up to a point where a maskandi song becomes Song of the Year. He was a remarkable South African who will be sorely missed.”
Bhodloza Nzimande Death & Cause
Bhodloza’ Nzimande who is regarded as a legend of the airwaves died on Friday, Jan 15th, 2021 morning due to a Covid-19 related illness according to his wife Zandile Nzimande. He was 73 years old.