Azania Mosaka Biography
Azania Mosaka is a television presenter, radio host and MC. She is popularly known for hosting the Metro FM drivetime show Route 326 and later the 9am-noon show Total Bliss.
Azania Mosaka Age
She was born on 18th April 1977 in Pimville Soweto, South Africa. She is 41 years old as of 2018.
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She was married to DJ Azania Ndoro who is a supersport Rugby presenter who they later parted ways with.
Azania Mosaka Daughter
Azania Mosaka’s daughter is Shamiso Mosaka. In october 2017, her daughter Shamiso was accused of being involved in a prostitution ring. According to a Twitter user, Shamiso was booked to entertain the Migos guys during their South African stay, a claim Shamiso vehemently denied.
Azania Mosaka Education Background
She attended Wits University where she studied Bachelors Degree in Commerce. She later attended Vega School of Brand Communication.
Azania Mosaka Career
She started her career in 1996 when she co hosted The Joint, a youth talk show, which aired on CCV. She later moved to London where she lived and worked for three years. After her return from London she became the presenter at SABC where she presented Bassiq which was a music show.
In 2003, she was a host of Backstage Live which aired on e.tv, a live daily programme where she interviewed the soapie’s stars. She later moved to Metro FM as a producer for Glen Lewis’ show The Ride. She later moved to presenting Midnight Oasis.
She earned the attention of her bosses who gave her first the drive time show and then the breakfast show, The Sound of Breakfast. After that she was promoted to host Total Bliss.
In 2004 and 2010, she was a judge on the third and fourth seasons (respectively) of the reality competition Popstars. In 2012, she appeared in her own food lifestyle series Cooking with Azania which aired on SABC3.
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Azania is a presenter on 702 each weekday. She joined 702 after leaving Power FM where she hosted Power Lunch. She has also worked as a presenter in a number of TV shows and performed a few stints as a judge on the third (2004) and fourth (2010) seasons of the reality competition Popstars.
The Azania Mosaka Show
Azania Mosaka brings her style and charm to early afternoons. The Azania Mosaka Show deals mainly with contemporary lifestyle issues.
Azania also has a unique way of tackling burning issues such as university protests and has brought her own take to the ongoing discussions about higher education transformation.
Some of the features on her show include the Masterclass feature, which in line with our stated intention of opening minds, is a class given by an expert in a particular field to enlighten listeners about topics such as mastering mathematics, unpacking The Bible, a closer look at world football governing body FIFA.
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Interviewer: What’s your pre-show routine?
Azania Mosaka: Ok, my routine before the show is that I’ll try and eat something. I pack lunch boxes, I mean look into my bag I have like two lunch boxes and one finished juice bottle. So, I’ll dig into at least one of those lunch boxes. On a good day, I’ll get through both lunch boxes and then after the show if I didn’t finish it, I’ll go back to the lunch box.
Interviewer: What’s your view on the radio producer and presenter Relationship?
Azania Mosaka: That producer and presenter relationship is so sacred. It’s like you’re driving and your producer is the navigator, you know. Maybe you’re even driving blindfolded so you need them, you need to trust them like what, what, what are we doing, where are we going?
Interviewer: What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Azania Mosaka: When I started in radio and I was accelerated to afternoon drive I had a mentor, his name was David Mashabela and there was the question about what kind of woman do you want to be on-air, the female voice? Are you going to be the girl that hangs out with the guys kinda woman or are you going to be the girls girl damsel in distress you know, and I thought why can’t I be me and the feedback that I got was that men don’t listen to women and women don’t listen to men, so you must shift, change yourself, manipulate yourself to fit into something that someone would listen to and I rejected that, I took a lot of offence to that and I told them I am going to be me, and my mentor who was my producer David Mashabela fully supported me, but I just hated the notion and the idea in radio that men don’t listen to women and women don’t listen to men and I just said to that.
Interviewer: Dream Interview?
Azania Mosaka: Hello, I’m waiting to interview Michelle Obama. That female energy, that woman you just want to be around, that you want to bask in, want her close so maybe some of her shine will fall on you so you can also shine, you know, so, there’s something about her. There’s something, she’s a leader, she’s a mother, she’s a woman, she’s more than capable, she’s assertive, she’s grounded, and she’s beautiful and sophisticated and great style all at once. And you know what they say, if you want to be an Obama you must have a Michelle.
Interviewer: What’s on your Bucket List?
Azania Mosaka: Japan! Japan! Japan! Japan! I’m really want to go to Japan and then Cuba. It’s been Cuba but then Japan kind of frog jumped Cuba but yes, we’ll get there, Cuba and Japan.
Interviewer: Your Fashion sense?
Azania Mosaka: When it comes to fashion, I don’t follow trends, what I do though is buy local. You can put some money on that and take it to the bank. I think it’s important that we help our industry to thrive, it’s not just about Heritage Day, you should be donning our local gear all the time.
Interviewer: What irritates you?
Azania Mosaka: Littering, littering irritates me. I get so angry so quickly when I see people litter. It annoys me but then when I see the actual act I feel like rushing to you and saying but why, why, why?
Interviewer: What’s your dinner party etiquette?
Azania Mosaka: At a dinner party, I’m definitely a talker. Definitely. I want the conversation to be robust, I want the conversation to be fun, to go everywhere, like one minute it should be crazy and silly and the next minute it should be deep and reflective, and really just want to change the world and then the next minute maybe, yeah, dancing on the table, maybe. I’ve shut down dinner parties.
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Azania Mosaka is still finding her Real Talk feet
Out with the old, in with the new has never been this underwhelming. Beloved presenter Anele Mdoda has left the Real Talk seat and now veteran radio host and businesswoman Azania Mosaka takes over as host. Before Anele we had Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu gracing our screens, back then the show was still called 3Talk.
When Real Talk’s producers paired Azania with Bonang Matheba, one of South Africa’s biggest celebrities, it looked like Azania’s season would start with a bang. But, after Bonang took over and spent the first 10 minutes of the show interviewing the interviewer, Azania, it got more than a little confusing.
Bonang’s presence brought great anticipation on social media with many people who like the queen but have no interest in Real Talk tuning in. It was trending number one on Twitter ahead of the show’s airing. Unfortunately, the interview dashed expectations, revealing nothing new about Bonang.
There was so much Azania could have asked, but didn’t.
For example, Queen B has just broken up with rapper boyfriend AKA and was seen sharing details about the break up on her reality TV show.
Why did Bonang decide to do that? Bonang had also been seen a lot with her seemingly new bestie, TV personality Lorna Maseko. Which other women in the industry does Bonang consider to be friends?
These and many other questions around her career – including her decision to leave Afternoon Express and her travels to Nigeria – were not addressed. It was a missed opportunity and Black Twitter didn’t fail to point it out.
The only spicy part of the interview was when Azania asked B what she thought about DJ Zinhle, Bonang’s former friend and the mother of AKA’s child, who was due to appear on Real Talk the next day.
“I think about a lot of things,” is all Bonang would say. Later, Azania told TshisaLIVE she didn’t probe B because she “didn’t want the show to be a gossip show”.
When DJ Zinhle appeared on the show the day following Bonang’s non-interview, we didn’t get a lot more details about her break-up with AKA and the birth of their baby, Kairo. We were not exposed to the many sides of Zinhle, including her business, and her choice in friends and in men. Zinhle became much more to viewers than just the mother of AKA’s child and the rapper’s ex, but, I would argue, viewers wanted Azania to delve even deeper. The first 15 minutes interviewing Zinhle were spent on Kairo. Now, I love Kairo (she’s the people’s baby), but 15 minutes of the show?
The rest of the interview was spent discussing Zinhle’s new book and tiptoeing around the idea of forgiveness with indirect and vague questions that just left me asking more. Why was forgiveness an important factor in Zinhle’s identity? Who was she to forgive or ask forgiveness from? This frustrated me, because we all somehow knew what was being alluded to, but can’t Azania be more direct? Isn’t that her job as an interviewer?
The show led viewers to believe that Real Talk’s new host would be able to rise to the task of interviewing the controversial celebrities we all want to hear more from. But it turns out that promise was little more than a teaser, and instead Azania spent an inordinate amount of time complimenting her guests and discussing just how wonderful they were.
Recently Azania had tough guy Robert Marawa on Real Talk, and he proved to be a reluctant interviewee, often responding to her questions with: “You know I won’t tell.” Instead of pushing Marawa for answers, Azania accepted his evasive responses and again left me wanting for scintillating answers from the guests appearing on the show. If Azania isn’t going to probe guests or be direct with her questions, then what is Real Talk really doing?
Last week Friday’s interview was a game-changer though, and my favourite interview of them all so far. Veteran kwaito star Mshoza appeared on the show, and Azania provided an empowering and safe space for her guest. Mshoza’s passion and uncompromising advocacy for women was front and centre and Azania asked more direct and detailed questions than she had of her other guests.
While she has had a rocky start, maybe Azania is working up to a different tone and culture on Real Talk than that created by her predecessor.