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Jonathan Butler’s ‘Ubuntu’ featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play June 5-9

Jonathan Butler
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Jonathan Butler

Growing up in the small shanty town of Athlone, outside of Cape Town, South Africa, guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler dreamed of someday making his own music. One of his early heroes was Stevie Wonder, who Jonathan thought, “Maybe someday we'll meet.” With Ubuntu (a Bantu term meaning humanity or the bond that brings all together), Jonathan returns to South Africa, to record with new friends Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller and Russ Ferrante, among many others, to create a connection for all to partake.

From Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9, one cut from the Ubuntu album will be featured each morning on the New Day, New Play spotlight on my Daybreak show.

Preview “Bon Appetit” from Ubuntu, above.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.