Mr Maps re­turns to ra­dio

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AF­TER an al­most eight-year hia­tus since leav­ing Ul­ti­mate FM, Tlali “Mr Maps” Mapetla has re­turned to ra­dio as host of a youth mu­si­cal pro­gramme on the new ra­dio sta­tion, Mxxl 91.0 MHZ.

The new sta­tion, which also goes by the name Space Age Ra­dio, fo­cuses on youth-ori­ented cur­rent af­fairs and mu­sic. Its di­verse ros­ter of pre­sen­ters, which in­cludes vet­er­ans and new en­trants, is meant to cater for the 25-45-year-old au­di­ence de­mo­graphic.

Mr Maps co-founded Ul­ti­mate FM and hosted the then pop­u­lar Hip Hop show Back­door Ses­sions that used to air on week­ends be­tween 2006 and 2008. The pro­gramme gained renown for show­cas­ing lo­cal artists and rais­ing their pro­files.

“When I was at Dope and Ul­ti­mate FM, pre­sent­ing was just a hobby fu­elled by nat­u­ral tal­ent, so I quit ra­dio to go and study sound en­gi­neer­ing in South Africa so I could go pro­fes­sional,” said Mr Maps this week.

“The pro­grammes I did pre­sented back then were about pro­mot­ing lo­cal Hip Hop and Le­sotho had real rap­pers then. This sta­tion is not gov­ern­ment-owned which gives me flex- ibil­ity over con­tent.”

He said his new pro­gramme, The Juice, fo­cuses on “clas­si­cal and ur­ban” sound such as Kwaito and ur­ban jams.

“It aims to teach the cur­rent crop of mu­si­cians what to as­pire to so as to bring back the stan­dards. It is the first ur­ban ra­dio show that is fast paced, full of rel­e­vant con­tent and that does not fo­cus on pre­sen­ters but on the lis­ten­ers,” said Mr Maps, who is also the sta­tion’s public re­la­tions of­fi­cer.

The Juice is co-hosted by Nuch and Ms Kay with guests com­ing from a cross sec­tion of fields to cre­ate a plat­form for fu­ture lead­ers.

Nuch co-hosts

with Mr Maps

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