On Wednesday 27th July, the host of UJFM’s coveted hip hop show, #16BarsRELOADED announced that the show was going off air and was getting a new name altogether. Precious Nkadimeng, known as Spokenpriestess by her peers will now host a new hip hop show called “The Forum” on Sundays at 15:00 to 18:00 starting from the 14th of August on UJFM 95.4.
This announcement may come as a surprise; especially since the #16BarsRELOADED show has managed to grow over the past two years and has bagged a South African Hip Hop Award for the Best Radio Hip Hop Show in 2014, as well as an MTN Radio Awards nomination for Best Night-Time Show (Campus) in 2015. To contextualise this change however, Spokenpriestess explains that the station is under new management and is in the process of realigning itself to its broadcasting licence and adhering to expectations of performance from the station’s executives as well. With regard to the name change, she says “we have gone on to register the #16BarsRELOADED name and now legally own it, therefore using it on air will constitute conflict of interest between myself and the station going forward”. The show’s producer Mpho Mfolo says the team behind the #16BarsRELOADED movement has welcomed the new name and is very excited about the time slot along with the challenge of elevating what #16BarsRELOADED has already started on air.
#16BarsRELOADED is responsible for playing 100 % local music and most importantly breaking some unknown music on the show, as well as their weekly interviews with prominent artists in the hip hop scene. Speaking about “The Forum”, Spokenpriestess says that she wants to really open up the platform for hard hitting conversations that reflect on the culture and the music industry and continue with the work of exposing new talents to more people.
#16BarsRELOADED is currently pushing one of their initiatives dedicated to imparting knowledge about the business of the music industry, #MusicUnscripted, which will be hosted in Pretoria this time featuring Slikour, Trompie, Lesiba Marokana(5FM), DJ Sabby (YFM), Nothende as well as Duke Scott from SAMRO and Pierre Rautenbach from RISA. To book a seat for this promising conference emailmusicunscripted16@gmail.