ZIMIPHI BIYELA(ZIMDOLLAR) “MUSIC IS BUSINESS NOT A BUSH FIELD”
Over the years there have been many changes in the work-place, there has been a steady increase of women on the workforce across all the different types of careers. Some careers have seen more of a rapid change than others, a few of the career fields that have not really had much growth in gender diversity is Maskandi music. The problem is that Maskandi music is more influenced by culture and traditional beliefs.
Zimdollar is one strong confident, passionate and independent Maskandi radio presenter and MC. She is definitely one of the best maskandi hosts at the moment. Zimiphi Biyela has built her career on her acting and communication abilities. Zimdollar is a talented woman who has worked with the best in the SA music scene, and acting scene.
To name a few, artists such as Leleti Khumalo(Manzuza) in Uzalo,Ngizwe Mchunu and Tshatha Ngobe in Ukhozi FM, currently working in new means drama called Hostella. She was nominated for the Best Actress category in the Sabela Mabhunu Awards 2016.Zimiphi is definitely steadily growing into a powerhouse on the local cultural scene.
GLM:Who is Zimdollar?
Zimdollar: My real name is Zimiphi Happiness Biyela, I am a vibrant
Radio Presenter, singer, actress, motivational speaker and business woman.
GLM:When did your love for the entertainment industry begin?
Zimdollar: I fell in love with the entertainment at school when I was doing stage drama, but It became a profession when I joined Mbongeni Ngema.
GLM:You are one of a very few female maskandi music presenters in a male dominated industry, what does this mean to you?
Zimdollar:It proves that there is nothing impossible in life whether you are a male or female.At the end of the day, if you work hard enough, the gender barrier fades and what’s left is a successful you.
GLM:What inspired you to join acting?
Zimdollar:What inspired me was the need to see my dreams come true, from a tender age I always knew I would be on national TV.
GLM:What are some of the challenges you face in the industry?
Zimdollar: Fame is not walk in the park as we perceive it, we lack privacy, journalist give our fans what they want to hear about us not what they need. Some people insult us on social media and we are not protected.
GLM: You are a woman of many talents, how do you strike balance?
Zimdollar:l don’t sleep because My mom used to say “if you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!”
GLM:Who do you look up to for inspiration?
Zimdollar: Sindi Dhlathu and Dudu Khoza
GLM:What are the challenges facing Maskandi Music and what do you think can be done to overcome them?
Zimdollar:My experiences says that singing is an inborn talent and practise makes it perfect.Some people really just have no singing talent and can’t ever train their voices to make real notes. But they can afford studio fees.In Maskandi we have a challenge of many upcoming artist who are not talented but crave fame because they want the power, the status and the wealth and we can’t play their songs on radio.
GLM: What does Zimdollar do for fun?
Zimdollar: I like spending time with my family watching movies and go to theatre.
GLM:Your favourite Maskandi Musician is…?
Zimdollar: The late Mgqumeni, I haven’t find someone to replace him.
GLM:Name 3 things you cannot live without?
Zimdollar: My son, My family and My cellphone.
GLM:Any advice you have for maskandi singers and fans?
Zimdollar: Your music is an element that can potentially meet your financial needs therefore it is important to take music as business not a platform to insult others.
GLM:What is your take about Khuzani’s fill up Moses Mabhida?
Zimdollar: We can’t deny the fact that maskandi music is growing and have larger fanbase in S.A. I support the idea.
By: Khanyisile Mseleni (Content Producer)