Producer and presenter STANI GOMA gets on board Flight 1067 to Africa, (a radio show featuring news and music from Africa) and takes all tuned in to PBS-FM each Sunday afternoon on a soul journey, exploring the heart throbbing sounds of the rich and diverse motherland,the continent of Africa. He was born in Congo, and grew up in a world of African rhythm, Brazzaville, across the Kinshasa river, the dance music capital! The multilingual Stani speaks,French, English, Chinese (mandarin), English, and off course, music fluently and welcomes all enquiries at any time!
Arriving in Australia in 1990, the knowledgeable and experienced radio presenter, with an instilled passion for the rhythm of Africa, shared his vision on various community radio pathways.
He has had countless interviews with Africa greats including High Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal and Papa Wemba and was the MC for a Miriam Makeba concert in 2006 held at the Sidney Myer.
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The founding director of Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble-(MATE). His other activities include education, research, and clinical pharmacy as well.
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Meet CreatepreneurAfrica STANI GOMA – representing soul sounds from Africa, the motherland
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
As a Radio presenter, I’m deeply passionate about promoting the music of Africa.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I have always loved music. I grew up at a time when radio was the main way we received information and connected with the world. So, I was very captivated by the magic of airwaves from a very young age.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
I like the fact that I get to meet and converse with a lot of great artists including some of my heroes.
What drove you to make money from your passion?
It’s not about money at all. I have nothing against money, but my radio work is very much a labour of love.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I honestly can’t remember the first time that I got paid but money has never been the motivation.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
A strong belief that we must own and tell our own story because if we don’t, others will and it’s not that same. For example, if we don’t like the way Africa is portrayed in Western media, we need to be out there telling our own story even if we must do it without getting paid.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I love music and enjoy presenting it. I also see it a mission and responsibility to learn and communicate our own story.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Thank you for making me try even harder.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
I don’t believe in giving “advice” particularly when it’s unsolicited. I tend to prefer an exchange of ideas. We can all learn from one another.