“Zondi Baby” as he was synonymous to his fans was the host of the well-liked ‘Sunday Repertoire’ on Metro FM on Sunday’s afternoon.
He was 47. The Soweto born lives behind wife and kids.
Zondi began his career in radio by attending broadcasting school in Braamfontein, which led to him joining an advertising radio station at Highgate Mall.
According to former Metro FM’s senior colleague Grant Shakoane famous for “Shubaba-Do” cliche, Zondi used to meet him when the station was doing outside-broadcasting in Soweto.
“He would always come and talk to me about music and radio with passion,” he says.
“Having seen the burning desire to join us, I invited him to come over on Sunday with his demos. And
I had to convince the station bosses and the rest is history.”
Shakoane was the first person to land Zondi a job at the station.
At the time of his untimely passing Zondi had been with the station for 18 years’.
“It is with great sadness and pain that the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture in Gauteng, received the news of the untimely passing of Eddie Makhosonke Zondi. The legendary DJ at Metro FM wasn’t only just a DJ for the station, but became an integral part of our homes, lives and communities.
His humility, devotion and commitment allowed everyone to embrace him through his work. It is indeed an untimely death which asserts that legends do die young. Even the date of his passing, June 16 affirms his youthfulness, passion and zeal,” read the statement from the department.
He was an ardent Orlando Pirates supporter.
Happy Ngidi, Metro FM’s public relations says, the memorial will be held on Thursday at the Standard Bank Arena Complex in Johannesburg not SABC headquarters as previously reported.
It starts from 11am until 3pm.
Some of his colleagues will do live outside-broadcasting from the venue.
He will be laid to rest in Soweto and the ceremony will begin from UJ/Soweto Campus.
At the time of publishing messages of condolences were still pouring in.