Urban Jazz Experience

METRO FM  |  Podcast , ±16 min episodes every 1 week, 5 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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02
AUG

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO GERALD CLAYTON

Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering.
Expansion has become part of Clayton’s artistic identity. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield Ben Williams, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, Michael Rodriguez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Avishai Cohen, Peter Bernstein and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Clayton also has enjoyed an extended association since early 2013, touring and recording with saxophone legend Charles Lloyd.
05
JUL

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO SIPHEPHELO NDLOVU

Born in Johannesburg in 1993, Siphephelo Ndlovu grew up with aspirations of becoming a musician one day. He attended the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School in 2007 and 2008, which clarified his goals of becoming a musician by profession. Working with outstanding conductors and instrumentalists in the choir, Ndlovu gained the fundamental tools to embark on the journey of musicianship.

After graduating from the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir school, Ndlovu attended Northcliff High School for the remainder of his high school career, in which he was involved in the high school major productions. During this time, he formed an a cappella group called DaCapo. Ndlovu performed at many major school events with this group.

Ndlovu got accepted to study a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano studies at The University of the Witwatersrand and is currently completing his degree. Being taught by well-known musicians and lecturers such as Andre Petersen, David Cousins, Carlo Mombelli, Jonathan Crossley, Malcom Nay and Marian Freidman; Ndlovu has gained knowledge from incredible sources who have played a big part in his musical development.
07
JUN

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO ZOE MODIGA

Zoë Modiga is an artist who represents the present and future of South African music drawing from the roots of roots of African storytelling, Jazz composition and Motown soul but creating a sound entirely her own in order to communicate an evolving African sound without loosing its essence.
24
MAY

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO CARLO MOMBELLI

In his 40-year career as a bass player, band leader and composer, the South African Carlo Mombelli currently living in Johannesburg has bridged gaps between genres, musicians and the audiences.

A self-taught musician, he has recorded and performed at many respected festivals, including the Roma Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the German Moers Festival, the ‘On the Edge of Wrong’ festival in Norway and the Banlieues Bleues festival in Paris and the JazzWerkstadt in Bern to name a few, with amongst others, Mick Goodrick, Charlie Mariano, Jeroen van Vliet, Malcolm Braff, Jorge Rossy, Dejan Terzic, Wolfgang Haffner, Samual Blaser and Adrian Mears. He has also recorded for Enja Records with Egberto Gismonti as well as with Lee Konitz, and has contributed music and played on the 1989 tribute for Jaco Pastorius, ‘Basstorius’, that also features the bassists Mathew Garrison and Carles Benavent. Back home in South Africa he can be heard as a bassist on many recordings with amongst others, Marcus Wyatt, Afrika Mkhize, Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Khumalo, and Miriam Makeba.
17
MAY

NOTHEMBA MADMO CHATS TO VICTOR MASONDO

Born and raised in Durban, Victor Masondo is one of South Africa’s greatest exports. He grew up in a very musical family and so knew from a very young age that music was his path. He produced Miriam Makeba’s album ‘Mama Africa’, which featured people like Hugh Masekela, Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie. If this isn’t enough to impress you, he has worked with musicians; Lucky Dube, Wendy Oldfield, Ringo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wouter Kellerman, Nianell, and the list goes on. He has worked locally and abroad, with legends and up and coming musicians, and so it makes sense that this music legend in his 21 Songsown right, would put together a show like ’21 Songs for 21 Years of Democracy’.
10
MAY

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO BANDA BANDA

anda Banda & The Crocodiles. This Project is an idea of putting great Versatile Musicians from different Parts of the world as collabarations. Banda is Known for the love of music and his unique way of approaching the bass which made him to stand out.
26
APR

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO AZAH

AZAH, a word meaning complete or contentment, is a word in twii, one of over forty spoken official languages in Ghana, West Africa. AZAH is also the name of a phenomenally versatile music band from Mamelodi. The band was formed by a brilliant and multi-talented musician, and cultural activist, Given Jood Mphago.

AZAH’s divergent and all-encompassing musical vision uses organic clinical sound but also incorporates various genres such as acid jazz, smooth soul, afro beat, and indigenous afro sound, all in all the music of the Diaspora, including psyched blues, folk and world music to find inter-dimensional expressions.
Mphago gives AZAH an extra dimension with his background and influence of Malombo sound of the legendary exponent Dr Philip Tabane and the Kiba expressions of the Bapedi people of the north of South Africa. His musical impression has a definite element to it, which strives to be spiritually engaging. By adding sentimental ballads, industrial and contemporary fusion sound to funk workouts, the band harmonizes in a trance-like mood, multi-facets of transcended dimensions in the spiritual realm that are esoterically simmering grooves like jazz and fusion outfits. In addition AZAH’s shows are usually just as elaborative and dynamic as power driven, more than just versatility for its own sake. AZAH’s eclecticism is part of a broader world music concept informed by unique anti-cosmic spirituality and uplifting positivism.
AZAH is considered African cultural emissaries at home and abroad.
AZAH world music expression that goes beyond the artistic form, but a spiritual quest. Through the use of Bapedi sound and esoteric clinical improvisation.
29
MAR

NOTHEMBA CHATS TO DR SIPHO SITHOLE

Dr. Sipho Sithole is an award winning producer and former Deputy Managing Director of Gallo Music Group and is credited for coining the now most popular genre in South Africa, ‘Afro- soul’, after his successful signing and producing of artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi, Simphiwe Dana, Camagwini, Pu2ma and Tribute Birdie Mboweni, Brenda Mntambo, and more.

Sipho founded a leading independent record label, production house and artist management company Native Rhythms Productions and NATIVE RHYTHMS RECORDS is known for mainstreaming hip-hop in South Africa for breaking the careers of artists such as Skwatta Camp, Pro Kid, Zuluboy, Zakwe and recently Kommanda Obbs.

Since establishing Native Rhythms Productions, Sipho Sithole has become a household name in South Africa and is the most sought after music producer and speaker at music markets and conferences.

Sipho has participated and presented papers in music markets in South America, Indian Ocean Islands, West Africa at Porto Musical (Brazil), IOMMA (Reunion Islands), Atlantic Music Expo (Cape Verde), SA Film and Music Conference (Los Angeles), SA-French Season at MAMA Festival and Convention (Paris), WOMEX (Wales, UK), Visa for Music (Morocco), as well as MAPAS (Tenerife)

Dr. Sithole has been a director on numerous boards of directors, such as Momentum (subsidiary of Firstrand Limited, ACSA, Nu Metro Africa, Johnnic Entertainment as well as the Moral Regeneration Movement, Joburg City Theatres.

He is the current Chairperson of Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition and also sits on the board of the Recording Industries of South Africa (RISA).

Dr. Sipho Sithole holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), a M.Sc. degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London), and a B.Sc. degree in Politics and International Relations from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania (USA). Dr. S
15
MAR

NOTHEMBA MADUMO CHATS TO MANDLA MLANGENI

I was raised in Soweto, Johannesburg and am a young vibrant graduate of music composition from the University of Cape Town. I am currently writing and performing my music with my band, The Tune and Recreation Committee (TRC), my brass band, the Native Groove Collective (NGC), and the newly established Amandla Freedom Ensemble based in Johannesburg . Besides being a bandleader and composer I perform regularly as a freelance musician in various capacities. As well as leading the TRC I have been active in numerous other projects in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Britain and Botswana where I performed a wide variety of music ranging from Classical, Jazz, Pop, Balkan and Indigenous African Music. I have performed with many celebrated musicians including Barney Rachabane, Marcus Wyatt, John Davies, Hugh Masekela, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Susana Baca (Peru), Mark Fransman, Louis Moholo , Dizu Plaatjies, Khaya Mahlangu just to name a few. I am a strong believer in giving back to the community; this is why I have chosen to in my student days, voluntarily, teach music at the Mannenberg High School as well as Alex Sinton High School.
In 2006, I was selected as part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band which toured South Africa and Sweden and performed at several Jazz festivals including The Cape Town Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. I performed regularly with the Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, UCT Big Band, Morrera Chonguica, Hilton Schilder. In 2007/2008 I participated in an exchange program in Oslo at the Nowergian Music Academy. , toured Europe with a Balkan Rock band Under Dogs International (UDI). In 2009, I Toured Germany with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra. I had a successful tour in the UK and Israel with SA’s leading Opera company (Cape Town Opera), and I have composed music for the Cape Town Ghoema Orchestra.
I am the founder and curator of a concert series in Cape Town called the Afrikan Freedom Principle whi

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