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 - Dr John Hanks

Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to Dr John Hanks who has over 45 years of experience in a wide variety of conservation management and research projects. Among his many important posts have been Chief Professional Officer for the Natal Parks Board and Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Over the last few years, Dr Hanks has been deeply involved with Operation Lock which has been fighting rhino horn poaching in Africa. His recent book about Operation Lock has revealed a number of fascinating controversies surrounding Rhino poaching.

People of Note - Francois Du Toit

Music lovers in Cape Town were treated recently to a musical feast and feat when Francois Du Toit played all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos over 2 nights in the City Hall with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerts were a stunning success and demonstrated just why Francois is such a superb musician and why he is so loved and admired by Cape Town audiences. The cycle was presented to celebrate his 50th birthday.

People of Note - Brent Meersman

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the author and journalist BRENT MEERSMAN. Brent is also co-editor of the news organisation Ground Up and his work has been published internationally. One of his latest books is called A Childhood Made UP – Living with my mother’s madness. The book has been described by Zapiro as “cathartic, insightful, funny and most of all, courageous” as it traces his mother’s battle with schizophrenia and his father’s alcohol-fuelled depression.

People of Note - Jocelin Kagan

On People of Note this week I’ll be talking to the author and photographer JOCELIN KAGAN, whose new book, Africa’s Wild Dogs – A Survival Story, is a collection of spectacular photographs of these fascinating animals, a celebration in fact of one of the continent’s most charismatic and endangered predators. Jocelin made it her mission to bring the extraordinary lives of these often misunderstood and maligned animals into the spotlight. The result is a magnificently produced coffee table book with photographs that are truly riveting in their vividness.

People of Note - John Kani

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on this week’s edition of People of Note is the distinguished South African actor JOHN KANI. John’s extraordinary career has led to countless awards and honours both locally and internationally and in 2015 the Market Theatre in Johannesburg re-named their main theatre the John Kani Theatre. In 2004 John Kani was voted as among the Top 100 Great South Africans. His latest play Kunene and the King – a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Fugard Theatre – has just completed a hugely successful and critically acclaimed season at the Fugard with Sir Anthony Sher starring opposite John.

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 - Malcolm Purkey

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is the award winning theatre director and playwright MALCOLM PURKEY. In a long, distinguished career, Malcolm has served as the Artistic Director of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, he formed the Junction Avenue Theatre Company and he is heavily involved with AFDA as researcher on Syllabus development and writer in residence. He has directed and written many famous productions, perhaps the most famous of which was Sophiatown.

People of Note - Maria Botha

This week on People of Note, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to MARIA BOTHA who is the founder of an exciting project called MUZUKIDZ that is committed to teaching children from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures musical instruments. To date, more than 350 primary school pupils have been given the opportunity to receive free violin tuition. Maria has a fascinating story to tell about how this project was set up, what the Suzukin method is all about and the sheer joy of seeing the youngsters from townships revel in their playing.

People of Note - Kutlwano Masote

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is one of South Africa’s most versatile musician. KUTLWANO MASOTE is a cellist, conductor and broadcaster who has spent many years at Classic FM in Johannesburg and who now presents classical music programmes on SAfm. Kutlwano has conducted concerts across the genres of symphonic, opera, jazz and popular music. He has worked with most of the country’s orchestras and leading soloists and has received many awards.

People of Note - Barry Varkel

Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note this week is a rather unconventional lawyer. BARRY VARKEL has his own legal practice but he also writes books with a comedy flair and in fact, was a stand up comedian once upon a time. His two latest books are called Nigiri Law and Goy Vey which has as its subtitle A Gentile’s Guide to Judaism. Barry feels that we are all far too serius ans that what we need is to laugh more.

People of Note - John Hammer

Many people in Cape Town know and are shocked by the fire that destroyed the historic Mostert’s Mill on a few weeks ago. The remains of the mill are now covered with plastic and rope netting to save it from rain damage. On People of Note this week, Rodney Trudgeon will be talking to the Chairman of the Friends of Mostert’s Mill, JOHN HAMMER, about the extent of the damage, the history of this 300 year old windmill and the exciting plans to completely re-build it to its original glory.

People of Note - Andries Buys

Kom kuier saam met my, Otto van der Walt, in FMR se People of Note ateljee, wanneer
oud-regter en skrywer, Andries Buys, ons vertel van sy liefde vir musiek, en sy bekroonde boek,
Die dao van Daan van der Walt, wat beskryf word as die mees bekroonde Afrikaanse
debuutroman, en waarvoor 'n luisterboek reeds opgeneem is wat gelees word deur
Suid-Afrikaanse veteraan akteur Chris Van Niekerk. People of Note met Andries Buys word
Sondag om 6 namiddag, en die daaropvolgende Donderdag om 12 namiddag hier op FMR

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