Jason T Marais
Presenting: Plucked Strings
I grew up in Southern Africa, listening to the local music scene and attending lots of gigs and festivals. I began playing guitar early on, and then also violin and string bass at high school. I’ve always loved the sound of the guitar and kora, especially new acoustic guitarists emerging and the West African Blues. I have lived in New Zealand and Australia since the late 1980’s and still play a little, and attend as much live music as possible.
How did you become involved in the station?
I have been a long time listener and fan of RTR, I chance meeting at work with fellow presenter Nat, and then after meeting Graham, an opening came up. I visited the studio a few times, and after I completed the RTR training course with Sara, I was lucky enough to be giving an opportunity to present.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
- Santana – Abraxas
- Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
- Neil Young – On the Beach
- Tony Cox – China
- Bruce Cockburn – Dancing in the Dragons Jaws
What is the best thing about being involved in the station?
The vibrant atmosphere, the wonderful staff, the music and the independent spirit of the station
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?
Forgetting the mic was on during a show… and musing aloud…
If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?
Global Rhythm Pot, Spoonful of Blues, Woodstock Rock – because I grew up with all this music playing around me
What do you do in real life?
IT Systems & Applications