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Paul Mnisi

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Paul Mvulane Mnisi is a multimedia power-house.  A one stop shop with skill and expertise that straddle radio, music production,master of ceremonies, television and print media spanning some 14 years – throw in some club/festival DJing and you get the full picture of the scale of this man’s talent. It all kicked off in 1995 when the Katlehong born personality presented the youth show Ecovision as an 17 year old. He was also the voice over artist and translated scripts from English to isiZulu on the programme.


The following year he flirted with radio and joined the community station Voice of Soweto as a field reporter, news reader and a presenter. This is where his roots in radio can be traced back. The year 1997 marked the beginning of a long stay at YFM, the ground-breaking Joburg youth radio station as one of the founding members of on-air staff. Over the years he presented the evening show, midday show, afternoon drive and the coveted breakfast slot, in addition he recorded voice-overs and dabbled in production. In this tenure Mnisi has been credited for conceptualizing the revolutionary youth hip hop show Rap Activity Jam which moved into a social youth movement as it unearthed new hip hop acts who today are stars in their own right. It is also thanks to him that poetry enjoyed centre stage on YFM. His feature, Word of Mouth was the place to be heard on for all aspiring wordsmiths, but more than that it gave the art form that’s often overlooked and underestimated much needed airtime and presence in the youth psyche. Then there was Youth Crossfire in association with LoveLife that saw him transform into a live radio talk show host tackling the issues pertinent to Joburg youth. He also sat on the LoveLife advisory board for five years where his knowledge and experience as a youth leader was put to good use. This saw him being requested to host various corporate and government events as master of ceremonies, Motivational speaking also became part his duties.


Mnisi’s TV career has also been stellar. Aside from being on Ecovision, he presented on Channel O, the music channel on DStv broadcast throughout the African continent in 1998. And in 1999 he joined Jam Alley, the long running youth music and entertainment show on SABC1 as a presenter, where he worked with talent such as Vinoliah Mashego until 2001 when he took a sabbatical from TV.- In 2001 Mnisi opened doors of his own company Rudeboy Productions (Pty) Ltd which provided holistic services in entertainment such as event management, music production, voice over artistry and creative directory.

In the year 2002 Mnisi ushered another side of his that few knew of as the editor of Ymag. This was one of the most influential youth magazines during its time, in fact the publication won the best youth magazine award at the Sappi Pica awards for two years in a row as well as overall winner for best consumer magazine with him at the helm. His tenure ran until 2004, all the while he was still a presenter on the radio station. On top of all of this he was a recipient of the Arts and Culture Trust Award for best supporting media in arts and culture in 2003. He found his way back to TV in 2007 as the presenter of the music game show Lilizela Mlilizeli on SABC2.

Mnisi’s gifts are boundless. He has also featured on productions such as Soul City, Amandla – A Revolution in Four Part Harmony and The Lion’s Trial – a documentary of the song Mbube composed by Solomon Linda. He has also graced music’s greatest gatherings such as Oppikoppi Music Festival and Macufe Cultural Festival in Bloemfontein with his mesmerizing talent of his digital meets live concept.

On the international stages, Mnisi blazed his trail at the Sony Music Kwaito Tour in London and Brighton, UK in 2001; in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the RedBull Music Academy in 2002; in Holland for the Lowlands Festival in 2002; at the Africa Festival in Wortzburg, Germany in 2003; in Bern, Switzerland for the South African 10th year of democracy celebration hosted by the embassy there in 2004; at the Pukkel-Pop Music Festival in Brussels, Belgium in 2004; at the Africa Unite Music Festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2005; in Seattle, US for the RedBull Music Academy in 2005; at the South African embassy’s Music Exchange Programme in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2005; in Cannes, France at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and at the Miss World Coronation Ball held in Sandton, Johannesburg. As a music composer who has released two albums of his Azanian Pulse concept, Mnisi has collaborated with remarkable talent that includes Moses Khumalo, Gabriel Mabi Thobejane, Zim Ngqawane, Pops Mohammed, Madosini and Sipho Sithole. His releases feature some original tracks and remixes of music originally recorded by African music legends such as Miriam Makeba, Busi Mhlongo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Madala Kunene. In 2009 he appeared with a much waited return to the small screen with a game show called The Kids Are Alright (Endemol International).  The show has since nominated for best game show at the South African film television awards (SAFTAS) 2010.In the same year he hosted a transport show which was commissioned by the department of transport.Kwela Express,the name of the show,looking at South Africa’s upgrading of its road infrastructure and intergrated public transportation network.  The show also evaluated the countries readiness for the FIFA World cup in June 2010.  He is currently on the line-up with Gauteng’s recently launched radio station, Powerfm 98.7 hosting the weekend breakfast show Powerburo (6-9am). Paul Mnisi covers a range of topics from socio/political affairs to art and culture. He is usually joined by prominent political office bearers and analysts to help unpack stories making headlines

Hosts: Classic Society, Fridays between 19h00-22h00 ; Space And Time 12h00-15h00 on Saturdays and Indaba Ye Ngoma between 22h00 and Midnight on Sunday.  

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