The day before my graduation I had the pleasure of covering for Charlie Bones on the DO!! YOU!! Breakfast show on NTS.

This resulted in three hours of Jazzman Records music only – the perfect introduction to anybody who might be interested on the label and what sort of music we release.

The first hour covers some spiritual jazz and holy grail albums that we have released, the second hour features classic Jazzman 45s ONLY and the third hour is mainly dedicated to releases on our various sister labels.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

Orsii in graduation gown

My friends, last week it finally happened! 20 days away from my 9 year anniversary in the UK I was awarded an MA Degree with distinction in Music Industries!

Orsii Graduation Selfie

I’m gonna be honest, not having been to my BA graduation, I didn’t even give the event much thought! I just assumed it would be like any other day but with me wearing a funny outfit for a few hours. But I was so wrong!

Orsii on stage graduation

Sitting in that big symphony hall and seeing all the people in different robes up on stage made me realise what an incredible achievement it actually was!

Orsii Thumbs Up! Graduation

I don’t big myself up very often, but DAMN! I am so proud of myself and genuinely impressed with the hard work and dedication that I invested over three years (whilst working full time) so I could get this MA degree.

I’ve never really seen myself as a “smart person”, so I can honestly say that I exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations with it all, and it came as a very happy surprise that I was awarded a distinction, because I wasn’t expecting it!

Mum & Orsii Graduation

I can’t thank my professors and lecturers enough for encouraging me and believing in me when my low self-esteem got the better of me!

Especially Dubber and Professor Wall – who right from the beginning saw something in me that I’m only really starting to discover now.

Sam & Orsii Graduation

I did this degree not because I thought it would result in a better job or more money, but because I am genuinely interested and passionate about my field of work.

And I can’t even begin to describe how proud and happy it makes me feel that for once in my life, I feel like I have contributed something of substance (even if it’s very small in the grand scheme of things) to that field and found a place where I feel that I belong.

So what you reckon? A PhD next…? ;)

We ended up having two radio shows in August and since Gerald was on holiday for the second, I had the pleasure of being joined by our friend and collaborator Francis Gooding.

Francis writes most of the liner notes that you find as part of our holy grail and spiritual jazz series.

In this show I talk to him about his work for Jazzman and other labels such as Strut, as well as his passion for music – especially South African music.

He also shares with us a great selection of rare and obscure South African records, plus an exclusive listen to one of his upcoming projects on Jazzman.

Have a listen below!