EMBRACING TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND BRINGING IT TO CAMPUS
By: Mhleli Mkhize
“My aim is to change the way young people/students see traditional music,” said Richman Delicious Zulu, a young presenter at Radio DUT.
Zulu popularly known as “Mfanuphetheni” was born at Nongoma in a village called Kwamandlakazi, north of Durban.
Zulu (22) is doing his final year in Health Science at the Durban University of Technology (DUT).
“I am not going to force people to see the importance of embracing their own music, but I encourage everyone to have at least one track that they love,” said Zulu.
Mfanuphetheni said that he is astonished by the way he has received appreciation not only on radio but also on social networks.
“I never pictured myself this far so soon. Yes I knew God gave me a talent but I didn’t think it would be recognized this soon,” expressed Zulu.
Mfanuphetheni has worked in numerous events as an MC alongside some of Ukhozi FM’s presenters namely Ngizwe Mchunu, Zimiphi Zimdola Biyela, Bheka Mchunu and
Mfanuphetheni has also hosted functions held by the university where he, under Radio DUT, broadcasted live at the Ritson Hall, during Miss and Mr Thick Auditions.
“Radio DUT brewed me and I thank Sibusiso our station manager for recognizing talent and giving me a chance to work for the station,” added Mfanuphetheni.
One of his wishes is to join uKhozi FM after completing his studies at the university.
“We met in 2013 when we were doing our first year. Ever since I’ve known him, Mfanuphetheni is very humble and forever smiling,” said Bongumusa Msomi, his friend and classmate.
Sbusiso Nxumalo, station manager at Radio DUT said, “Mfanuphetheni is talented for sure, he brings a unique flavor to the station. We are probably the only pop music radio station that
plays Maskandi music.”
Mfanuphetheni is easily spotted around campus with his animal skin crown.
“What has stood out to me about Mfanuphetheni is that he has a unique way he reaches out to the public, he truly is gifted and is going places,” said Simthande Myeza, a presenter and