A METRO police constable, based in Port Elizabeth, has recently won the Eastern Cape Music Award for best community radio DJ of the year, representing Ngqushwa FM.
Thembelani Sikilishe, more commonly known as DJ Jikijwa, won the Nelson Mandela Bay music awards for Best Radio DJ last year. After this win, he was nominated for the South African Traditional awards finals in Mafikeng.
â€œIâ€™ve won two awards in my radio career and Iâ€™m happy to achieve them within such a short time.
â€œI am so grateful for this achievement and it shows that people are acknowledging the efforts I make in promoting maskandi music in the whole of South Africa,â€? DJ Jikijwa said.
Born and raised in Willowvale in the former Transkei and currently residing in Zwide in PE, DJ Jikijwa grew up playing traditional music with a guitar and only listening to maskandi music.
â€œThat was the only music that connected with me as I grew up outside urban areas. It connected with my roots and in a language that I speak fluently,â€? he said.
DJ Jikijwaâ€™s biggest dream as a child was to become a radio DJ and to explore traditional music in the radio industry.
â€œI love traditional music also called, maskandi music. I have a passion for it. When I am on the airwaves, I feel like Iâ€™m in a different world. In 2004, Iâ€™ve heard that there was a community radio station in Zwide. I started listening it and eventually ended up shadowing a