Eshdey Diphae found himself on the streets, living under a bridge, but didn’t let his situation deter him from pursuing his dream of becoming a musician one day.

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in Bothaville in the Free State province, Eshdey came to Joburg to further his studies and hopefully find employment but little did he know that he would end up on the streets. He vividly recalls the days of being homeless. “Life on the streets was scary and painful. I had to beg for survival”.

 

It was during his student life that Eshdey was homeless. His peers had no idea that he had no home and he would put on a brave face during classes. “I studied audio-visual communications and passed with merit. I then auditioned for a radio presenting job at Rainbow FM. I got the job and presented community news at 18 years of age”.

 

Eshdey’s mother passed away while he was working at Rainbow FM and he grew up without a father. Her passing hit him hard and he sought counselling and comfort from mama Dorah who was the founder of Dorah’s Ark, an orphanage based in Rooderpoort. When life became tough Gogo - as the kids fondly called mama Dorah - took Eshdey in as he had found himself without a place to stay again.

 

His radio career also grew and he went on to join Jozi FM for a year. He is currently working at Mogale FM presenting ‘Many Faces’ and is also the head of news. He has just registered his own community radio station, Black Community Radio to be launched soon.

 (Eshdey on the SABC 1 TV show Daily Thetha)

Eshdey is now an award-winning artist and performed alongside Puleng March of Joyous celebration and also became a leading dancer for Vicky Vilakazi at the Jozi FM gospel music festival.

 

His love for music started in church. “Music has always been my first love. I started singing in Sunday school back home. I also participated in Shell Road to Fame. After that the music side of things died down and I joined choreography”.

 

In 2016 Eshdey won an award for Best R&B artist at the SA Awards for his album ‘No one’ and is this year nominated for Best Afro Soul at the MEMA Awards for his song ‘Keledi tsaka’. The song is on number 15 on SA Pop music charts.

 

Eshdey wants to set an example for the kids at Dorah’s Ark and be an inspiration to them. “I want the kids to know that nothing is impossible with God; even if they find themselves in an orphanage they should know that their dreams are valid”.

 

To Vote for Eshdey sms MEMA D4 to 33282 Lines for voting close on the 19th of November.

 

By Amanda Matshaka

 

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