They often say that when passion meets hardwork, success will soon follow. These words are evidently true for the energetic and talented radio DJ from eXobho in Kwa-Zulu Natal, who has fallen many times, but has managed to always get up and try again.
Nongoma FM’s Mthobisi Dlamini, popularly known to his listeners as DJ Mthosh, has learned to embrace his auditioning failures because he believes that they now act as reference and motivation in grooming him towards success.
“My love for radio is something that pushes me to keep on going even if I encounter bad situations along the road. I have auditioned at Ukhozi FM and Gagasi FM but was never successful”, he says.
Albeit Mthosh’s road has been filled with many detours, giving up has never been an option. When we asked him about the number of demos he’s submitted to various radio stations, he said, “There are so many. I’ve lost count but there’s one in particular that stands out”.
His very first breakthrough came on the 17th of March 2015, when he was given an opportunity to impress at a radio station called Voice of the Community (VOC FM) in the Mpumalanga Province. Not only did he join the VOC FM team; Mthosh went on to capture the hearts of many listeners in Emerlo – the primary region to which the station broadcasts.
“Numbers don’t lie. Judging from the number of listenership, I can definitely say the love I received at VOC FM is the same kind of love I received when I joined Ligwa FM on the 20th of May 2016, where I was hosting the breakfast show from 6 to 9” he said.
Another one of Mthosh’s proudest moments was being named the Best Male Presenter at the Gert Sibande Stars and Media Awards, earlier this year. This young talent said that this great achievement validated his goal of becoming one of the best radio personalities the South African entertainment industry has ever seen.
In light of this achievement, Mthosh still considers himself a novice and said his love for radio is fueled by the great work that his role model, Nonhlanhla “Mroza” Buthelezi has done or is doing on Ukhozi FM’s midday show, Ndizanathi.
“I do have other people I look up to in life, people like Kini Shandu and Alex Mthiyane. But for me Mroza does it and one day I would like to be on the same radio station with her” he added.
— Mthosh Dlamini (@MthoshDlamini) July 7, 2017