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Meet Capricorn FM’s Crazy Jos

Posted by radio On March - 22 - 2012 1 COMMENT

By: Mpho Smart

 

Born in Musina, Limpopo, in 1966, Josias Ncube did not seem destined for big things in his early life. He was kicked out from several schools because of his crazy antics.

 

When Ncube was just twelve years old, he moved to Nzhelele where he schooled for a couple of years. The relocation proved too much of an upheaval for the teenager. The move was a shotgun that started the race for the radio personality. He remembers his uncle saying he started obsessing about radio when they moved back to Musina. From that point onwards, the Capricorn FM DJ and programmes manager made a promise to himself to make a success of his life.  After leaving school, Ncube, studied at both the University of the North and University of Venda where he trained to become a teacher.  From there it was but a short jump to Polokwane.

The job that really propelled him into the nation’s consciousness was his Love Zone slot on Sundays, a mid-day show. Ncube plumbed for Capricorn FM and months later was given carte blanche to front Love Zone, a show that has been running successfully for several years.

The radio bosses were so impressed with his wacky presenting style that he is able to pick and choose his next move. It was not Ncube’s presenting skills which netted him his position, however, but rather his fierce business acumen. He negotiated his shares in Capricorn FM and became its programmes manager.

Ncube has not always worked in broadcast media. He started out as a teacher at age 20.  But after only 18 months of ‘repeating’ himself, and without any job lined up or in the pipeline he left teaching. He pursued his first love, radio, and in 1989 Ncube joined Radio Thohoyandou where he compiled music shows, produced and presented news bulletins. The radio station was later dismantled and incorporated into the SABC, where he worked for Phalaphala FM between 1998 and 2006. He left his gig at Phalaphala FM in 2006.

In 2007, Ncube’s dream of being part of an English radio station targeted at a black audience to fill in the gap left by the dismantling of former bantustan radio stations, became reality. He teamed up with a bunch of guys who had the same vision.  This was the birth of Capricorn FM. “This was a platform which gave one control to determine what to put out there. Our people were fed radio that wasn’t necessarily suitable to their needs,” says Ncube.

Ncube is single and describes himself as ‘extremely private’. He says determination, passion for radio and hard work are attributes that best sum up his character. Capricorn FM is his home and he plans to invest more in the business.

Ncube is a natural communicator who loves talking. He says: “I have always loved attention and radio is an outlet for me to share my thoughts and experiences. Love Zone makes love sound sweeter than it actually is. But most importantly it spreads the love. I just love coming to work every day and being part of the decision making for what we put out there. Nothing beats that.”

 

 

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SA Music Awards Return to Sun City

Posted by radio On March - 7 - 2012 19 COMMENTS

One of the most anticipated events on the social calendar has to be the MTN  sponsored 18th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMA). This year, the glamorous occasion will be held at Sun City on 29 and 30 April 2012. The nominees for the respective categories are set to be announced Thursday, 8 March 2012.

For more information, visit: http://samusicawards.co.za/

 

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Gorilla Films Dominate Music Industry

Posted by admin On December - 18 - 2011 26 COMMENTS

About 40 percent of the music videos we see on top local music shows are created by a vibrant film production company called Gorilla Films. Established about a decade ago, this Johannesburg -based company has completely taken over the music video industry.

Justin Campos, who co-founded the company in 1998 with his younger brother Nicky, says their clientele has grown to unprecedented levels, an achievement he attributes to his team’s cutting edge skills and low prices.

“Our biggest achievement so far is not the multiple awards we have won, it’s that every single client we have worked with is a satisfied client and this for us is what we thrive on. No matter who the flavour of the month is, Gorilla Films will endeavour to surpass all expectations,” he says.

According to Campos, the name Gorilla originates from the term “Guerilla-filmmaking”, which refers to innovative techniques used to produce high-end results with few resources. Over the past few years, the company has produced a string of award-winning music videos for big names such as Black Coffee, HHP, DJ Cleo, Kabelo, Ntando, Thandiswa Mazwai, Oskido and Theo Kgosinkwe.

In its early years, the company was run from a small townhouse in Sunninghill but has grown to become South Africa’s premium music video service provider, with offices in Randburg, where four other young and talented film makers help Campos.

The film producer says some musicians also prefer to work with Gorilla Films because of the company’s affordability. “We always produce high quality videos no matter what the budget is and I think that is what makes us stand out in this competitive market where everyone is trying to make the next best video.”

Campos adds that he is particularly impressed with the fact that every musician now knows his company, and “there is no more need to spend a lot of time on promotional campaigns.”

A self-taught film maker, Campos has been recognised at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and the Channel O Music Video Awards, as well as the Metro FM Music Awards. His younger brothers are also actively involved in the local entertainment sector. Nicky has since left Gorilla Films to explore other artistic avenues, and his other brother, David, is making a name for himself as a music producer.

Those wanting to work with Gorilla Films can contact the company at www.gorillafilms.co.za.

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