Phat Joe's name has become widely popular as far as the entertainment industry in South Africa is concerned. With a unique style of presentation, he has an infectious ability to bond with his audience, and apart from that, because of the freshness that trails each of his programmes, his audience has found him worth listening to, always. When you watch or listen to him, you can also attest to the fact that he is highly endowed. But who is Phat Joe when you separate him from his on-air activities? Details about him are contained in this article.
Joe has lip-smacking radio charm that he amazingly uses to win over his audience; thanks to the development of his potentials. It may be shocking, but the truth is apart from the fact that the radio host is equivocal when on-air, and many of his fans do not know that in real life. He can be a very shy person. His natural love for radio and music has helped him to impact other lives so much to the level that he has grown to become a sought-after on-air personality.
Phat Joe biography
South Africa born Phat Joe is a Television personality as well as a radio DJ. His real name is Majota Mandlakayise Isaac Khambule, and his rise to fame happened in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s when he was hosting ‘The Phat Joe Show’. He is also very popular for hosting Real Goboza, a celeb gossip magazine show. Other shows traceable to him that he hosted in 2014 and 2017 on SABC1 and Vuzu Amp respectively are Take Me Out: South Africa and Take Me Out: Mzansi, and both of them attracted a lot of audiences.
Phat Joe lived in Mafikeng, North West as well as in Polokwane, Limpopo where his father was lecturing before he moved with his family to the United States of America at the age of eight. This was as a result of the family's quest to flee the oppressive apartheid regime. The next twelve years of Joe's life was spent in the United States, and he also schooled there. In 1994, after the election was conducted, his parents relocated to South Africa.
After their relocation, Phat Joe joined a Mmabatho-based radio station known as Radio Bop in 1995 where he worked as the radio DJ before he quit in 1997 to join YFM. As a DJ in his new-found job, he dubbed as a host where he anchored the weekend breakfast show as well as the station's sales executive. Then, with his level of creativity and resourcefulness, he started hosting the weekdays breakfast show in 1999, still at YFM.
Talking about his education, as published on the official website of East Coast Radio (ECR), Phat Joe studied electronics engineering, and so far, he has attended three higher institutions of learning. These include the University of South Africa, the University of Cape Town, and the University of North Carolina.
Phat Joe career
When e.tv station was founded, Joe started a comedy show known as The Phat Joe Show before he moved it to SABC 1 in 2001 after he dropped his assignment at YFM for Metro FM, even though he only worked there for a year. The Phat Joe Show continued to air on SABC 1 until 2005, and by 2008, The Phat Joe Morning Show started again on Kaya FM and continued until 2012 while he worked with Heart FM from 2009 up till 2012.
Phat Joe age
Phat Joe was welcomed into the world on the 4th of December, 1974 in Pretoria, Gauteng province, which makes him 44 years old.
Phat Joe proposal
Based on his level of creativity, while proposing to his wife Palesa Morgan back then in 2016, Phat Joe did a very beautiful proposal video, and in it, he gave his wife (then, his girlfriend) five reasons he is so much in love with her. The video which was initially shared on the YouTube channel was later shared on Twitter with a 'yes' confirmation from the fortunate bae.
Phat Joe wedding
When it was time to tie the knot, the two of them had the wedding event without giving it a shout. While having the wedding preparation, Phat Joe wife Palesa said, “We don’t want to give too much information as yet but I can tell you that the wedding will be on a private island somewhere magical.”
As published on Zaleb, the television personality Phat confirmed the news that he was married while he was having his radio show during an interview with Brenda Ngxoli. But then, he said they did not have a wedding except for a signing ceremony.
Moreover, when the couple was expecting their baby, Phat Joe and his wife took time out to celebrate the expectant. In fact, Phat Joe took to his official Instagram page to express his bundle of joy. According to him, "It’s a baby girl!!! Due date the 31st of May!!! Thank you to everyone who's been supportive, and salute to the baby shower team. And to my beloved wife... I love you."
Phat Joe taken off air
It was an unfortunate event for Phat Joe when he got suspended from Radio 2000 because of a homophobic remark that he made on-air while in a broadcast on Wednesday the 11th of July, 2019. He got “unscheduled until further notice” because of the comments made concerning the LGBTIQ+ community during his Phat Joe and the Family programme.
However, before this time, the radio DJ had worked with East Coast Radio (ECR) before he left in 2017, even though there were contentions as to why he left the organisation. Information flew at that time that Phat Joe ECR contract ended because of the remarks that he made concerning Down syndrome. In their bid to counter this information, the organisation took to their social media page and said otherwise. In their statement, they said:
We disagree with the comments that Phat Joe has made over the past few days and have decided to take him off air, for the duration of this week. We will provide a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so.
Phat Joe is a bundle of gifts to the entertainment industry in South Africa. With his practical experience in the field, he has mastered the art of using his influence and every platform he gets to impart his listeners. Apart from some of the unsolicited comments that he is accused for making, his life, no doubt, is a blessing to his generation.