He is the man whose voice is behind almost every advert playing either on TV or radio.
Born in Zimbabwe, Simba Mudereri is a man of many talents, but it is the love for radio that has seen him adopt Botswana as his second home.
Here the Gabz FM presenter fields questions from Voice reporter, Daniel Kenosi.
Q. Your voice is all over our tv and radio. Would you kindly let our readers know who you are.
My name is Simba Mudereri. I am the guy behind the voice you hear every afternoon on Gabz FM. Simba is from Zimbabwe.
I grew up in the UK and moved to Botswana in 1992.
Q. What was your family doing in the UK?
My father was training to be a preacher in the Anglican Church so his whole family had to move along with him.
He was there for three years and so I did my first school years in the UK.
Q. Very interesting. So how was it growing up in the UK?
I had a normal childhood. I was born and raised in a very loving Christian family.
My mother was a nurse and my father a banker who later trained to be a priest.
Due to the demanding nature of my father’s position as a priest, we did a lot of moving from town to town as he ministered the word of God.
Q. Do you have any siblings?
Yes! I am a big brother to someone (laughs). I have two little sisters, one is married her name is Rudo, she lives here in Botswana and my younger sister is in Australia studying medicine.
I have been on radio for four years now. My first break was with Gabz FM and I have been with the station ever since.
Q. What attracted you to radio?
Radio was never anything I planned to get into.
I was more comfortable just being a voice artist for commercials that were aired on radio.
I was very happy with that because I wanted to be a professional voice over artist.
A friend of mine Jazelle Kebakile who worked for Gabz FM at the time advised me to audition for radio presenting.
I was very reluctant at first but she was persistent.
I did not have the confidence to audition and for some months I kept telling her that I was not in any way ready for radio presenting.
Q. And then what happened because you are now on radio?
One day I just decided to join her in one of her shows. I came once in a while as a guest on her show.
Then I was focused on my IT job but after noticing that I was making appearances on Kebakile’s show, the Gabz FM management also called me to audition and be a standby presenter.
That’s how I got into radio.
Q. What challenges do you get to face working in the entertainment industry as a foreigner?
I honestly don’t consider myself as a foreigner anymore.
I have been here long enough. I have friends I now call family who are Batswana so I now just feel like a Motswana.
I have lost that foreigner mentality that people bring up every now and then.
I do get to hear once in a while people talking about foreigners who come to Botswana and take their jobs but I have not experienced that and maybe they talk about it behind my back but no one has ever said it to my face.
Q. What other plans do you have besides radio?
I am an IT consultant by profession and thats what I would really love to do.
That’s my bread and butter but I got myself involved in radio and developed so much passion for it. This is where I will be for sometime Mr Dan but like I said IT is always on my mind.
Q. What can you say about radio in Botswana compared to Zimbabwe?
Radio is a huge revenue stream in other countries, not only Zimbabwe but the world over. It is a massive way for other people to make a living.
I just think we need to professionalize the industry in Botswana, allow for growth in presenters, how or when it will happen I still don’t know.
Musicians should also be paid for their crafts to allow the entertainment industry to grow.
Q. Are you a celebrity?
Not at all Dan. I don’t think I am a celebrity.
I refer to myself as a personality because that’s what comes out whenever I am on radio and that’s what people see on a daily basis.
I have been called a celebrity before but I don’t subscribe to that.
The celebrity culture in this country is still at an infancy stage.
I think we still don’t appreciate our artists as much as we should to allow them to be celebrities.
They are personalities who are on their way to becoming celebrities.
If they can make it big in South Africa then why not appreciate them here as well.
Q. You are speaking in tongues Simba. What is a definition of a celebrity according to you?
A celebrity (mmmmm). Ok! I think a celebrity is more widely known and widely recognized in terms of their craft and a personality is just that and simply that.
You can’t separate a person from their personality but you can separate a person from their celebrity status. In my book that’s the difference.
Q. Do you have any plans of going back to Zimbabwe?
This is my home. I enjoy being in Botswana but like I said, the mentality in the industry needs to be changed so that this industry can become a source of livelihood for a lot of people.
Many people have asked me to leave for greener pastures but I’m of the view that we need to be patient and let the industry grow.
Q. Does that mean radio pays peanuts?
Like I said, the market is still growing and so not enough faith is put into the talent that’s available and a lot of people don’t see the need to even advertise on radio which is why salaries are not amazing as they are in South Africa.
You get to look at your options and of course the South African market is big and the salaries are competitive which allows radio personalities there to live pretty comfortable lives.
Q. How do you spend your time off work?
I am a full time uncle. That’s what I do when I am off work.
I love my little niece so much that I wouldn’t mind spending the whole day with her. She is my pride and joy.
She is the first grandchild in our family. ‘ke malome.’ I also do get into MC jobs part time.
Q. Who is the lucky lady in your life?
(Laughs) I would prefer to say all ladies in my life are very lucky.
Q. Stop being tricky Simba. Are you involved?
In this conversation? Yes I am involved with you in this conversation.
The point is, there might be a lady and I would live it at that.
(Laughs) yes! I remember. It was my first month on radio and I just got a random call on air from a guy and he just went on to tell me how he loves my voice.
He asked me if I had a girlfriend and I just told him that I didn’t have a partner.
I then asked him if he had a partner and he said they were both listening to my show.
(Laughs loud) I know what you are thinking, but I was impressed that my voice knows no boundaries.
Q. Who do you regard as competition in other radio stations?
I have heard of that so many times but I never really take it as competition but motivation.
I always learn one or two things from guys who are also doing same time slots as me in other radio station.
I am not perfect and I really look forward to learning from them.
I am still learning to be the presenter I want to be. I want to be better than I am now.
Q. This is breast cancer awareness month. Your word?
I think those who have survived cancer and even those who are under treatment are very brave individuals who never give up and I will give all my support to anyone who is going through such.
I think it’s time we all get to learn about cancer in order to be in a position to take better care of ourselves.
Q. We Thank God its Friday. What are your plans for this weekend?
Football and more football. That’s what I will be doing.
Q. Which team do you support?
I am a Liverpool fan, I have supported the team since I was a youngster.
Q. Enjoy your football weekend Simba.
Thank you very much Mr. Dan.