People of Note

FINE MUSIC RADIO  |  Podcast , ±55 min episodes every 1 week, 4 days  | 
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY PIETER TOERIEN PRODUCTIONS. People of Note is broadcast on Sunday evening at 6 pm on Fine Music Radio with a repeat on Thusday afternoon at 1 pm, presented by Rodney Trudgeon.

Says Rodney: “There are a number of fascinating people who pass through Cape Town and I’ve always felt there to be a need for a programme that allows an in-depth discussion with these personalities. Whether their fields are music, literature, theatre, dance, opera or even politics and economics, we’ll invite them into the studio to talk about their lives, inspirations and role models, among other things.
“Rather like the famous BBC programme, Desert Island Discs, I’ll ask my guests to bring with them their six or seven favourite pieces of music to share with us.”

Among the long list of guests on the programme so far have been people such as Rhoda Kadalie, Lord Robin Renwick, Petronel Malan, Pieter Dirk Uys, Ruby Wax, Jonathan Roxmouth, Imam Rashied Omar and many more.

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People of Note - Finuala Dowling

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People Of Note this week is the novelist and poet Finuala Dowling, whose latest book, “The Man Who Loved Crocodile Tamers”, has been receiving rave reviews. It is a fascinating book, written in an unusual but fascinating style and which traces the family history. The book weaves fact and fiction together and Rodney asked her about her writing style and about how important poetry is to her. Reviewers speak about the book making them laugh and cry.

People of Note - Des Lindberg

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is DES LINDBERG part of the iconic South African folk duo with Dawn Lindberg who died tragically a year ago. They enjoyed a 55 year career – singing, composing, dancing and even being activists. A new book has just been published called “Every Day is an Opening Night”, written by Des and Dawn and which is both a deeply personal memoir as well as a glimpse into their socio-political activism. The book is filled with over a hundred photographs chronicling their extraordinary careers.

People of Note - John Allen

An exciting and thought-provoking permanent exhibition has just opened in Cape Town. It’s called “Truth To Power: Desmond Tutu and the churches in the Struggle Against Apartheid”. The exhibition is curated in partnership with the Apartheid Museum and celebrates the life and legacy of Archbishop Tutu. A man who has been very closely associated with Archbishop Tutu since 1986 is John Allen, who has written a number of books including a much acclaimed biography of The Arch called Rabble Rouser For Peace. On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon spoke to John Allen about the exhibition and also about the work he did with Desmon Tutu.

People of Note - Dr Leigh Adams Tucker

This week on People of Note, Rodney Trudgeon will be discussing PETS AS THERAPY, A COMMUNITY BASED, VOLUNTARY OUTREACH ORGANISATION THAT COORDINATES ANIMAL ASSISTED ACTIVITIES IN A RANGE OF SETTINGS SUCH AS HOSPICES, FRAIl Care facilities, special needs schools and many others. The Chairperson of Pets as Therapy is clinical Psychologist Dr Leigh Adams Tucker and Rodney spoke to her about the work of this

People of Note - Elizabeth Folgen

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is ELIZABETH FOLGEN who is the founder and one of the directors of an organisation called Redrhino, which designs and sells exquisite wilderness-inspired scarves specifically for the corporate gift market as well as for selected boutiques. Importantly, all net profit goes to the Lapalala Wilderness School in the Waterberg for the nurturing and mentoring of the conservation leaders of the future. A recent bespoke scarf features the octopus as seen by Craig Foster in his award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher.

People of Note - Patricia Schonstein

I wonder if you know what “magic realism” is in literature? Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week uses this technique to enhance her novels and poems. PATRICIA SCHONSTEIN is an author, poet and publisher whose latest book called Thrown Among The Bones is her memoir in which she gives us an intimate glimpse of her life experience and introduces us to her amazing skill with words and atmosphere. Extracts from her 7 novels are included as end notes.

People of Note - Mike and Diane Rossi

Rodney Trudgeon will have a husband and wife team in the People of Note studio this week. Mike Rossi is an Emeritus Professor in Jazz at the University of Cape Town who performs regularly at jazz clubs and jazz festivals and who has made numerous recordings and international stage appearances. His wife, Diane, is the recipient of the 22nd Standard Bank Joy Of Jazz Honours and is a highly regarded music event organiser and booking agent. This most influential couple in the jazz scene are leaving South Africa at the end of March to go and live in Italy.

People of Note - Kirsten Neuschafer

This is Rodney Trudgeon and I’m very excited to introduce you to my guest on People of Note this week. Her name is KIRSTEN NEUSCHAFER and she is a hugely experienced solo yachtsman who has spent the last 5 years cruising the Southern Ocean alone while working for Skip Novak, including sail training and deliveries. Now she is about to undertake her biggest challenge as the only woman taking part in the notoriously difficult and dangerous Golden Globe Race which sets off from France in September. It is a solo race which means Kirsten will be completely alone at sea for some 7 months and the competitors are not allowed to call into a port at any stage of the race.

People of Note - Dzvinka Kachur

As we watch the humanitarian tragedy unfold in Ukraine, we are reminded of the horrors of war. In People of Note this week Rodney Trudgeon spoke to DZVINKA KACHUR, who is the co-founder and honorary president of the Ukrainian Association of South Africa and who is passionate about promoting Ukrainian culture, uniting Ukrainians and building strong, resilient communities. Dzvinka is traumatised by what’s happening in her country and Rodney spoke to her about the plight of the Ukrainians, day to day life in Ukraine and how she feels about the county’s future.

People of Note - Magdalene Minnaar

At a glittering event at the V&A Waterfront last week, Cape Town Opera announced a diverse, innovative and creative programme for 2022, encompassing both the artistic and educational. Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week to discuss the programme, is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Cape Town Opera, MAGDALENE MINNAAR. Magdalene is a celebrated South African operatic soprano, director and producer, well known in the music industry locally and abroad for setting new trends and challenging conventional boundaries.

People of Note - Fee Halstead

On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to FEE HALSTEAD who has made an extraordinary name for herself living in the Natal Midlands at her home called Ardmore. Here, Fee teaches a group of talented rural people all about ceramics. Fee’s home bustles with over 70 African artists whose ceramic works have been recognised as modern day collectables by such distinguished auction houses as Christies, Bonhams and Sotherbys. More recently, the group has extended to making wallpaper and scarves. Fee was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by President Ramaphosa in 2021.

People of Note - Paul Hammer

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the South African pianist and composer PAUL HANMER who is perhaps best known for South African Music Award winning jazz albums such as Trains to Taung and Tananas, but he was also chosen as composer in residence for the 2012 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. Paul is almost as active in classical music as in jazz and in fact he had a song cycle premiered at the Baxter Concert Hall a few days ago. His new show Homecoming premiers here at Artscape on 1st March.

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