SATMA Nominee advocates for albinism
4 Sep 2017
Andile Ngcobo aka Dj MC Pholobas got a nod from the Zulu King and the first lady, Mrs Sizakele MaKhumalo-Zuma when he launched Masiqoqane Albinism Foundation in September 2016.
King Zwelithini sent his son, Prince Mbonisi Zulu, to represent the Royal House – adding weight to the advocacy aspirations of the young visionary.
Prince Mbonisi Zulu said at the time of the launch that “he had been sent by his father, King Zwelithini, to announce that he was fully behind the foundation. This initiative was very imperative because it came at the right time when the country was experiencing hatred towards persons with albinism. The Royal House was prepared to provide the foundation with all the support and protection needed to stop killings and abuse for all persons with albinism.“
A number of Durban musicians, where Andile is based, also graced the occasion to offer support to the radio Dj who works with the community radio, Izwi Lo Mzansi.
Andile produces a maskandi show Zidla Ekhaya between 9pm and 11pm and Imvumo Yakithi, a traditional music show, between 11pm and midnight on Fridays.
His radio work has been noticed by the South African Traditional Music Awards where he is nominated for Best Community Radio Dj.
Andile has hosted maskandi music festivals, weddings, awards roadshows and speaks on albinism awareness.
He is a victim that survived after being shot for speaking out and condemning the killings of persons with albinism in KwaZulu-Natal. Andile mentioned that people with albinism were at risk of being attacked by people who believe their body parts make good muthi.