Urban Jazz Experience

METRO FM  |  Podcast , ±16 min episodes every 1 week, 4 days  | 
There is nothing like a bit of Sunday night jazz to beat the blues. The show features amongst other styles, contemporary and African jazz. Nothemba’s interviews and profiles on jazz artists will keep you clued up on all that you need to know. This show is aimed at allowing the listener to kick back and relax whilst summing up their weekend before entering into another busy week.

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13
DEC
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO SETON HAWKINS

Seton Hawkins serves as Director of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center. At JALC, Seton oversaw the creation and expansion of the Jazz Academy media library, creating the largest free video library in the world dedicated to jazz pedagogy. He leads the organization’s Swing University teaching initiative, while also hosting all Listening Parties and public programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center and giving free pre-concert lectures before major shows in Rose Theater and in the Appel Room. In addition, Seton has worked as a producer, manager, publicist, radio DJ, and advocate in Jazz for more than a decade. As a freelance agent, he served legendary artists including Buster Williams, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Sathima Bea Benjamin, and Michele Rosewoman, and produced a wide range of concerts and recordings. He has written extensively for Hot House Jazz and for AllAboutJazz.com, with a particular emphasis on the Jazz scene of South Africa. Seton received his MBA from Babson College and his BA in Music from Columbia University. He is also the host of a weekly South African Jazz show on SiriusXM’s Real Jazz channel.
(Source: https://academy.jazz.org/swing-university-seton-hawkins-biography/)
29
NOV
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO SOMI

Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, acclaimed vocalist & songwriter Somi has built a career of transatlantic sonicism and storytelling. Her latest album Holy Room - Live at Alte Oper with Frankfurt Radio Big Band (Salon Africana 2020) was recorded in an 18th Century German opera house in May 2019 and is currently nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her last studio album Petite Afrique (Sony 2017) was written as a song cycle about the African immigrant experience in the midst of Harlem’s gentrification in New York City and won the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album. Petite Afrique is the highly anticipated follow-up to Somi's major label debut The Lagos Music Salon (Sony 2014) which was inspired by an 18-month creative sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria and features special guests Angelique Kidjo and Common landed at #1 on US Jazz charts. Both albums were nominated for ECHO Awards in Germany for Best International Jazz Vocalist.
(Source: https://www.somimusic.com/)
29
NOV
2020

NOTHEMBA CHATS TO JAZZMEIA HORN

Blessed with a fitting name for her chosen path – it was Horn’s jazz-loving, piano-playing grandmother who chose “Jazzmeia” – the singer was born in Dallas in 1991, grew up in a tightly knit, church-going family filled with musical talent and began singing as a toddler. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts, known for launching such musical greats as Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones, and Erykah Badu, then later attended The New School in New York City. Her education included steering herself to the mentors who would guide her passion for jazz, like Bobby McFerrin, Abbey Lincoln, and Betty Carter. Winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia was signed to Concord Records and released her debut album A Social Call to great critical acclaim.

In the two years since Jazzmeia Horn bowed with her first album, the GRAMMY Award®-nominated A Social Call, she’s been busy on the road, honing her vocal skills to a finely tuned level, writing songs of personal relevance and social message, and perfecting a fearless approach to improvisation and performance in general. The convergence of this drive and development has resulted in what has brought Jazzmeia her second GRAMMY Award® nomination, Love and Liberation—filled with songs of daring musicality, emotional power, and messages of immediate relevancy.

Horn chose the title she did for her second album because, “Love and Liberation is a concept and mantra that I use consistently in my everyday life. For me the two go hand in hand and they both describe where I am in my life and career right now. An act of love is an act of liberation, and choosing to liberate—oneself or another—is an act of love.”

(SOURCE: https://www.artistryofjazzhorn.com/about)
15
NOV
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO ANDRE LE ROUX

Andre Le Roux is the former managing director of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) Foundation and served on the Music In Africa Foundation Board from 2013 until 2019.

Le Roux also serves as a board member of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and on the board of Business and Arts South Africa. Previously he was the chairperson of Arterial Network South Africa, Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition and the South African Coalition for Cultural Diversity. He also served on the board of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity.

Le Roux has worked as an arts administrator for more than 20 years at local, national and international level. His experience ranges from grassroots level on the Cape Flats in the Western Cape, to provincial level for the Eastern Cape government as well as national and international level for the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Council.

He has a passion for the arts, influencing cultural policy and growing strong cultural institutions.
15
NOV
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO SELAELO SELOTA

Selaelo Selota was born and grew up in the Northern Part of South Africa near Polokwane, formerly known as Pietersburg, Limpopo Province. The talented artist went to Karabi High School in Moletije, Limpopo. He also studied jazz guitar at the Federated Union of Black Artists Academy. Selaelo launched his legacy project titled '8 Colours of the Rainbow' to address several issues faced by South Africa and unite the people of South Africa
18
OCT
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO BILLY MONAMA

Mokopane, Mahwelereng in the Northern Province of South Africa is where Billy Monama was born. From such humble surroundings he inherited a rich musical culture that combined traditional ethnic sounds with those from western jazz styles.

In 1997 Monama was drawn to a guitar belonging to a neighbour. Largely self-taught, Monama immediately showed signs of natural talent on guitar.

Billy’s interests were broader than music. In completing his schooling, he moved to Pretoria and enrolled for a course in Political Science. However the musical calling proved to be much stronger, so he moved to Johannesburg and impulsively enrolled at a music institution after being told about it by a musician who convinced him of a need to study music.

At the Central Johannesburg College is where he began to understand more about music harmony, performance and leading an ensemble. During this period of self-discovery, Billy was also discovering other voices within the Jazz idiom. He speaks fondly of musicians like Wes
Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. With Billy also being involved in a church music team that performed mainly African traditional music, it meant that the African sound continued to be a strong part of his voice. Some of his South African influences include Marks Mankwane, Jimmy Dludlu, Sibongile Khumalo and many others.

Billy Monama has also developed a great sense of melody by composing very catchy tunes without compromising on depth. He admits to being influenced by non-musical surroundings which then inform his music. Monama may have strong Jazz influences but is pushing boundaries all the time, incorporating many different musical cultures. To label him a Jazz musician would be to limit his world.
11
OCT
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO PETER AURET

Peter Auret Grew up in Johannesburg listening to His Parents ‘Rock’ n Roll and Folk Music records without much exposure to jazz and African music, in the Then still very segregated and isolated South Africa. Both altho His mother and grandfather played musical instruments, a career in music WAS never Encouraged by His parents. The Largely self-taught drummer Began playing at the age of seventeen. While in high school he played in the Witwatersrand Youth Orchestra and the school marching band under the direction of South African Pipe Band Champion Jeff Owen. After high school graduation, Auret Attended College in Park Town Johannesburg studying fine arts and design whilst holding down regular club gigs with His own band. Then he Transferred to the National School of Arts Where he Studied drums with Garth Farrant. During That Time he started performing with other bands and artists as a freelancer, and aussi played in a student musical theater producing at the Cairo International Arts Festival and the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1996.

After college, Peter Developed an interest in Jazz and improvised music. He was fast building a reputation as a Pop / Rock musician, WIDER Gaining recognition with singer / songwriter and Riku Lätti Then the South African Pop sensation Henry Ate (Karma), Where he puts future collaborator, guitarist Max Mikula. Auret and Mikula Went on to record two SAMA (South African Music Awards) Nominated albums With Their Afro Jazz / World Music group Tsunami. Worked with Peter Tsunami from 2001 to 2004 while aussi working more and more with local jazz outfits. In 2004 Peter’s musical horizons expanded, guitarist Jonathan Crossley When booked him to play on a Jazz record featuring local jazz heroes: Marc Duby, Carlo Mombeli, Marcus Wyatt, Sidney Mnisi and Kevin Davidson. Continued to work with Peter Crossley from 2004 to 2007, performing and recording on Reviews another album and a live DVD. This combination led to meeting Peter pianist Roland Moses
04
OCT
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO TEBOGO MOKOENA

Fondly dubbed “The Sax-Junkie”, Tebogo Mokoena has been patiently fine tuning his musical identity over the years, most noteably with Refugee Jazz trio – Planet Lindela; and has in recent years been part of an indie Pop group based out of South Korea; and also supported Nduduzo Makhatini’s “Ikhambi” project. Atoms and The Void is a lively statement and assured announcement that the colourful saxophonists’ trajectory as a leading man on the jazz scene – is upon us.
27
SEP
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO DARREN ENGLISH

South African born and raised trumpeter Darren English, is a 2018 honoree of the Atlanta Georgia GSU 40-UNDER-40 Most Influential & Innovative Award, the 2018 Global Peace Song Award Winner (Jazz category - jury voted), the two-time recipient of the Fine Music Radio (FMR) Award. He is the 2012 SAMRO Overseas Award Winner, and received the JAZZIZ Magazine Critics' Pick for BEST-OF-THE-YEAR 2016 & THE HUFFINGTON POST BEST-of-2016. His album Imagine Nation was on the official ballot for the 2017 Grammys® as well as being nominated for BEST-JAZZ-ALBUM in the SAMAs (South African Music Awards) 2017.

He has performed and recorded with Grammy® Nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn (Maxwell, Brandford/Wynton Marsalis) with his Krunk Jazz Orkestra, with vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie) as well as with Curtis Harding Soul Power, with Grammy® Award saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Chris ‘daddy’ Dave, Tedeschi Trucks), Greg Tardy, Joe Gransden, the Marcus Lewis Big Band, Duffy Jackson, Marcus 'Jay Master' Roberts, Dwayne Pate, Dave Matthews (Carlos Santana), the Keith Brown Quartet, the Kevin Bales Quartet, Lil' John Roberts, Marcello Pellitteri, He has also performed with UK Reggae artist Finley Quaye, UK Pop artist Craig David and US pianist Joe McBride, to name a few.
27
SEP
2020

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO DIANE ROSSI

Experienced music event co-ordinator and booking agent with a demonstrated history of working in the performing arts industry. Strong administrative and professional skills in Nonprofit Organizations, Outreach Projects, Event Management and Music Workshops. Recipient of the 22nd Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Honors Award for contribution to Jazz Education in South Africa.

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