Jumoké Fashola (Photo: Dan Fearon)

The Backstage with Robert Emery Podcast

I have this spark inside me that says it will always happen
— Jumoké Fashola

Robert Emery talks to Jumoké Fashola, the broadcaster, journalist, vocalist and live literature curator. Jumoké talks about how she began in TV and radio, her love of music from Gershwin to Gospel and Handel to Hamilton, and how poetry has been a constant in her life.

A truly remarkable woman who has successfully created a career as a Jazz and Classical musician, a radio presenter, a stage and television actress, and the founder of London’s longest running Jazz/Poetry gig - currently celebrating it’s 10th year. As a sideline, she also has the best tips and tricks to remain ultra-productive I have ever seen. This conversation takes us through some of her hidden stories; what she likes to do away from the microphone, and her predictions of the status of the entertainment industry in twenty years.

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  • Meeting through David Bedella [00:40]

  • Working in theatre [02.18]

  • Studying Interior Design [04:20]

  • Getting into the entertainment business in the UK [06:06]

  • Getting into radio [08.15]

  • Preparing her radio show [09.10]

  • Challenges of presenting on radio [13:30]

  • Working on the stage [15:40]

  • Bach [18:20]

  • Musical background [21:30]

  • The Condition of Being A Woman - album [27:35]

  • Self-belief [37:30]

  • Jazz Verse Jukebox [54:28]

  • Poetry [48:52]

  • Tips & tricks to remain ultra-productive [55:40]

  • Hamilton [57:16]

  • Predictions of the business in 20 years . [1:01:45]

  • Classical Music . [1:07:21]

Music by Jumoké Fashola

The Condition of Being a Woman - The debut album from Jumoké Fashola

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About RDCE

RDCE (Robert D.C. Emery) is a conductor, pianist and serial entrepreneur.

He is lucky enough to travel the world; ranging from performances in London's Royal Albert Hall, through to the Sydney Opera House, RDCE has seen them all.

Besides music, RDCE is the Founder & Director of The Arts Group; one of the most diverse entertainment companies in the UK. Within the portfolio is a national music tuition agency, symphony orchestra, choir, artist agency, record label and production company.

Aside from that, he lives in London and Cambridge, has a wife (Mrs E), a toddler (Master T) and 4 cats.



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