National Treasure is back on air

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

After disappearing from radio for 16 years, veteran deejay and actor Treasure Tshabalala is back on air.

He is the latest celebrity to join the fast-growing Gauteng community radio station, Jozi FM, after Lucky Mazibuko and Dr Love, real name Mveleli Gqwede, a medical doctor.

He joined the station on May 3 and presents jazz shows on Sundays and Mondays.

Tshabalala, who last worked for a radio station, Metro FM, in 1992, told Sowetan that he was back on air full-time.

On Sundays Tshabalala presents Sunday Jazz between 6pm and 8pm. On Mondays he will be on air once again presenting Monday Blues with interesting sounds from 7pm to 8pm.

Tshabalala, who also has a well-established profile in television, said when Jozi FM approached him he could not resist.

"I had too much time on my hands. I was happy to oblige when they approached me because I love jazz. It feels good to be back," Tshabalala said.

He recently appeared in the comedy show Nomzamo and also had a small part in the popular soapie Generations.

He has acted in films such as Great Afrika,The Godsmust be Crazy and Stoney The One and Only. His television credits include The Vultureis a Patient Bird, Shaka Zulu and Phindi.

Radio is obviously his first love. He has worked for Metro FM and the now defunct Capitol Radio and Swazi Radio.