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Straight No Chaser: Paul Bradshaw (Jumbo Vanrenen Special) // 07-12-2018

Straight No Chaser: Paul Bradshaw (Jumbo Vanrenen Special) // 07-12-2018

Playing tracks by

Malombo Jazz Makers, Malombo, U-Roy, The Twinkle Brothers, Sam Fan Thomas and more.

Chart positions

This show was 69th in the global jazz chart.

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. His role in globalising African music is impossible to quantify.

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



Aidan Carnac here, Nicks brother. I loved this programme about Jumbo. I too was at a lot of the shows and have many albums by Jumbo and Trevor. I was also at the Fela show at the Brixton. The GLC supported Africa nights at the Electric in Victoria. I also have every SNC from number 1 onwards.


Great music & an important musical history lesson - really enjoyed the wonderful tales and tunes.....

Keep the programs coming fellas !


I am SO enjoying this. So evocative of special times and a great tribute to dear Jumbo. I have most of the tracks - it is so brilliant to hear them all together here. Thank you SO much for doing this. I have shared on my platforms. Will be listening back again. Blessings :)