LEGENDARY singer and songwriter, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, has started her online radio station.
The Princess of Africa, as she is affectionately known, told Daily Sun she was overjoyed that Women Radio SA, a station by women for women, was finally taking shape.
“I’ve been working on the concept since 2015. The idea came up as I was always invited on to shows on Women’s Day and other such occasions,” she said. “I enjoyed myself because I’m an avid radio listener and thought, why not start my own station.” Yvonne said the journey had not been an easy one.
“It’s been five tough years with a lot of struggles. “Initially, it wasn’t supposed to be an online station but we decided to do it like this as it’s difficult to get a licence from Icasa,” she said.
“I know there are many other online stations but ours is unique because it’s a women-only station. From the presenters, to the music, everything is by women.
“I did this because there’s no radio station owned by a woman. Most of them are owned by men and this is my way to give women an opportunity because most mainstream stations prefer to hire men as compilers.”
The Umqombothi singer said the station would be a place where people could chat.
“It’s a place where women can air their views, from domestic workers to big company CEOs. We don’t wait for specific days to start discussing issues around women,” said Yvonne.
She said everything was paid for out of her pocket. “I’m still looking for sponsors to help me keep the ship afloat.
“People are welcome to send their sponsorship proposals.” To listen, download the Women Radio on app stores.