Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, better known as Jono, is a multi-talented South African musician, producer, and songwriter who has made a name for himself in the global music industry. 1982 was Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman’s birthday year and Jono was born in Johannesburg, Jono grew up surrounded by music, with his father being a musician and music teacher. His love for music started at an early age and he began playing the drums when he was just three years old.
Beginning Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman Career:
Jono’s music career started in his late teens when he joined a local rock band called “New Age Kings”. He then went on to form his own band, “The Parlotones“, in 1998, along with fellow bandmates Kahn Morbee, Paul Hodgson, and Neil Pauw. The band started off playing in small venues around Johannesburg and quickly gained a following with their unique sound and style.
In 2003, The Parlotones released their debut album, “Episoda”, which received critical acclaim and put them on the map as a force to be reckoned with in the South African music scene. The band’s success only continued to grow with their subsequent albums, including “Radiocontrolledrobot” (2005), “A World Next Door to Yours” (2007), and “Stardust Galaxies” (2009). Their music was characterized by Jono’s powerful drumming, combined with the band’s unique blend of rock, pop, and indie influences.
The Parlotones’ success wasn’t limited to South Africa – the band quickly gained a global following, with tours in Europe, the UK, and the United States. They performed at prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury, SXSW, and V Festival, and even had the honor of performing at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration concert in 2008.
In addition to his work with The Parlotones, Jono has also made a name for himself as a solo artist, producer, and songwriter. He has collaborated with numerous other musicians and artists, including Zolani Mahola, Arno Carstens, and Jack Parow. He has also produced music for other artists, such as Jesse Clegg and Fokofpolisiekar.
Jono’s success in the music industry has not gone unnoticed – he has won numerous awards for his work, including several South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and MTV Africa Music Awards. He has also been recognized for his philanthropic work, particularly his involvement in supporting rhino conservation efforts in South Africa.
In recent years, Jono has continued to pursue his music career, both as a solo artist and with The Parlotones. He has also ventured into new creative endeavors, such as writing and producing music for film and television. His talent and passion for music have made him a respected figure in the industry, both in South Africa and around the world.
Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman’s First Solo Album:
Jono’s career has not only been defined by his musical accomplishments but also his willingness to take creative risks and explore new opportunities. In 2013, he released his debut solo album, “Radio Sessions”, which was a departure from The Parlotones’ sound, featuring more acoustic and stripped-down arrangements. The album showcased Jono’s versatility as a songwriter and musician and received critical acclaim.
Releasing of Antiques & Artefacts:
In 2017, Jono and The Parlotones released their seventh studio album, “Antiques and Artefacts”, which featured a more experimental sound and incorporated electronic elements. The album showcased the band’s willingness to evolve and push the boundaries of their music.
Jono’s passion for music extends beyond his own work – he is also a vocal advocate for supporting and promoting the South African music industry. In an interview with Music in Africa, he emphasized the importance of investing in local talent and creating opportunities for South African musicians to showcase their work on a global stage.
Jonathan as a Philanthropic:
In addition to his music career, Jono is also known for his philanthropic work, particularly in the field of rhino conservation. He co-founded the non-profit organization Rocking for Rhinos, which uses music and entertainment to raise awareness and funds for rhino conservation efforts in South Africa.
Jono’s dedication to his craft and his commitment to making a positive impact in his community have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers and fans alike. His music continues to inspire and entertain audiences around the world, and his legacy as a talented and innovative musician is sure to endure for years to come.