People of Note

FINE MUSIC RADIO  |  Podcast , ±54 min episodes every 1 week, 2 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 - Kevin Smuts

I wonder if you have seen that extraordinary documentary called My Octopus Teacher? It is making waves around the world and has already won a number of prestigious awards. It tells an amazing story of a form of friendship that develops between a diver and film maker Craig Foster and an octopus just off Simon’s Town. The music score was written by KEVIN SMUTS who is an award winning film score composer who continues to impress with his ability to understand and enhance the emotional intensity of the films he works on.

People of Note - Amanda Botha

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is someone well known to FMR listeners as presenter of Boek keuse, AMANDA BOTHA. Amanda is a writer and journalist who has had a long and distinguished career
In the world of art, music, literature and the performing arts in general. She broke the story of the world’s first heart transplant as well as of the birth of the Rosenkowitz sextuplets and has also been at the forefront of two of South Africa’s most notorious murder stories – Robin Cohen and the so-called Scissors murder.

People of Note - Barry Salzman

A photographic exhibition called “The Other Side Of Christmas” opened at the Deepest Darkest Art Gallery in Cape Town on 7 November 2019. The works document every day scenes across the American south during the 2014 mid-term elections in the USA which were the precursor to the divisive 2016 Presidential elections. The photographer is Barry Salzman, an award-winning contemporary artist who was born in Zimbabwe and brought up in South Africa and who now lives in the United States. Barry works with photography, video and mixed media and is the recipient of the 2018 International Photographer of the Year Award in the Deeper Perspective category.

People of Note - Africa Melane

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is Africa Melane, a broadcaster who hosts the Early Breakfast Show on Cape Talk and 702 and who has interviewed leading personalities, politicians and business leaders both in South Africa and abroad. Africa is currently the Interim Managing Director and Board Member of Cape Town Opera and is also the Chair of the panel of judges for the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

People of Note - Wendy Ackerman

On People of Note this week is a repeat broadcast of the interview with the Executive Director of Pick n Pay Stores, WENDY ACKERMAN. Among Wendy’s many achievements and awards is the Inyathelo Award for Family Philanthropy as well as being recognized as one of Africa’s most influential women. Wendy Ackerman has also been recognized by the SA Nature Foundation for outstanding achievement and contribution to environmental conservation and has been acknowledged by the World Wildlife Fund, South Africa, as a Diamond Custodian of Table Mountain.
With a hugely busy schedule, Wendy still finds time to assist the community, and among many other interests, she is a Patron of FMR and is on the board of the Cape Town Opera Trust.

People of Note - Styli Charalambous

The month of November sees the 10th anniversary of the exciting daily, on line newspaper, The Daily Maverick which has become a major player in the media in South Africa and which has attracted some of the country’s finest journalists and influential readers. Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the Co-founder and CEO of the Daily Maverick, Styli Charalambous who talks about building a successful media organisation in this country and which has been behind some of the most ground-breaking investigative journalism stories in the country.

People of Note - Ronita Mahilall

The sterling work of St Luke’s Hospice is the subject of this week’s People of Note interview. Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to RONITA MAHILALL who is the Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s Combined Hospices, a well-known and much loved organisation which provides palliative care to people diagnosed with a terminal illness and facing the end of life. They also provide medical care, social work, spiritual care and bereavement care.

People of Note - Owen Rogers

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is Western Cape High Court Judge Owen Rogers who is as adept with the violin and piano as he is with the law, according to his many supporters. He is also a member of the choir Vox Cape Town. Judge Rogers has recently had a book published called Lawyers In Turmoil – The Johannesburg Conspiracy of 1895 which has been described as a lively and, at times, provocative account of the Jameson Raid Lawyers. He will be talking about his passion for Law and his love of music in People of Note. Sunday at 6pm and again on Thursday at Midday.

People of Note - Wouter Kellerman

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the multi-award winning South African flautist Wouter Kellerman, who is also the winner of a Grammy Award. Not only is Wouter a flautist, but he is also a producer and composer and part of his mission is to work with and uplift children. His 2018 collaboration with the Ndlovu Youth Choir became an internet sensation.

People of Note - Nine Schumann

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the distinguished, award winning pianist and teacher NINA SCHUMANN. Nina has won most of the Piano Competitions in South Africa and has received international awards as well. Recently Nina has become the curator of an exciting new on-line project called Concerts Connect which is a series streamed in support of local music societies and concert series.

People of Note - Gareth Lubbe

This is Rodney Trudgeon and my guest on People of Note this week is not only an international respected South African viola player, but he is also a master at overtone singing. Gareth Lubbe is a regular guest artist and educator at festivals around the world and prominent composers have written works for his voice as an overtone singer and his extraordinary vocal skills have been recorded for radio, films and even computer games. You may even find him performing on the “compost organ” in the meadows of Germany! Gareth will demonstrate his overtone singing in the course of our interview

People of Note - Zakes Mda

One of South Africa's most acclaimed novelists and playwrights, Zakes Mda, has been back in the country to launch his latest book, tantalisingly titled 'The Zulus of New York'.
Zakes Mda has led the sort of life that could quite easily fill the pages of one of his books. From formidable political lineage - he spent time as a boy living in Nelson Mandela Soweto home - then years in exile - to a glittering international writing career based in the United States, where he continued to write about his home country, including some biting satire that could be construed to be about our current politics.

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