Straight No Chaser: Paul Bradshaw (Jumbo Vanrenen Special) ‐ Worldwide FM

Straight No Chaser: Paul Bradshaw (Jumbo Vanrenen Special)


Paul Bradshaw is founder of Straight No Chaser, with a record collection that matches the depth and variety of his iconic magazine.

This month’s Straight No Chaser show is exploring the musical legacy of Jumbo Vanrenen who recently passed away in Cape Town. Arriving in London in the early Seventies Jumbo was a prime mover behind the release of music from South African exiles Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza and Julian Bahula. He was the driving force behind Virgin’s Front Line reggae label and worked with John Lydon and the Sex Pistols. Upon leaving Virgin he co-initiated the Earthworks label with Trevor Herman releasing African classics from Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, Thomas Mapfumo and Shina Williams amongst others. While Trevor continued working with Earthworks and Sterns, Jumbo joined Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures and introduced the world to Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita and Zouk. His role in globalising African music is impossible to quantify. Jumbo was gentle giant and a don and he was championing the new and old music of South Africa and beyond right up until the end.


Paul B will be joined in the studio by Trevor Herman and Dave Hucker for a modern history lesson with some deep music.

Listen now Tracklist

Malombo Jazz Makers – Sibathathu [Strut]
Father Huddleston Band – Ndenzeni Na [Gallo Record Company]
De Makeba – Jazz Dazzlers [Gallo Record Company]
Dudu Pukwana – Sonia [Virgin Records Limited]
Malombo – Sangoma [Strut]
Thomas Mapfumo – Nyarara Mukadzi Wangu [Earthworks]
Natty Rebel – U-Roy [Virgina Records]
Twinkle Brothers – Free Africa [2b1 Multimedia]
Orchestra Jazira – Love [Earthworks]
AdaPart By Super Mazambe – Shauri Yako [A.I. Records]
Amaswazi Emvelo – Thul’ulalele [Earthworks]
Nganeziyamfisa no Khambalomvaleliso – Sini Lindile [Earthworks]
Mahlathini Nezintombi – Ngicabange Ngaqeda [Earthworks]
Soul Brothers – Phuma Layikhaya [Earthworks]
Sam Fan Thomas – African Typic Collection [TJR Productions]
Zani Diabate & The Super Djata Band – Super Djata [Mango]
Fela Kuti – Itt (Part 2) [Wrasse Records]
Les Vikings De La Guadeloupe – Mikolasie [Heavenly Sweetness]
Fadela – N’sel Fik [MLP/History]
Thabang Tabane – Father And Mother [Mushroom Hour Half Hour]

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