Immigrant Songs

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At Tune Me What? we wanted to add our voices to the protests against xenophobia and racism with a special programme devoted to playing those South African artists who are themselves immigrants and whose music now forms part of the rich tapestry of South African culture!

This week’s nasty racist attacks on immigrants in South Africa – the so-called “xenophobic violence” resulted in chilling echoes of the Cultural Boycott of the 1970s and 80s. Radio stations in Zambia stopped playing South African music and artists had their international tours called off. As understandable as it is that people in other countries want to send a message to South Africans – particularly those civic leaders behind inciting the violence and politicians reluctant and slow to act – it is grossly unfair that blameless artists are, once again, punished.

We think that it is fair to say that most South Africans deplore the attacks on refugees and immigrants from other countries in Africa who look to South and the outpouring of protest is heartening.

In this episode we CELEBRATE the music of:

  • Claire Johnston (Mango Groove)
  • Dorethy Masuka
  • eVoid
  • Gito Baloi
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • Johnny Clegg
  • Lionel Bastos
  • Louis Mhlanga
  • Ray Phiri (Stimela)
  • Sankomota
  • Simba Mori
  • Tony Cox

Of course, there are a great many more musicians in South Africa who are immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants and our musical heritage wouldn’t be nearly as rich without them.

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The Love Episode

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Well, it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the added warmth has made us all sentimental and soppy… therefore it is the right time to do an episode of love songs! We’re all grown ups here, so discover what “BMW” really stands for, lights some candles, and tune in for another episode of great, hearts-aflutter South African music!

In this episode, we feature:

  • Jan Blohm
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Klopjag
  • Letta Mbulu
  • Lucky Dube
  • Rabbitt
  • Tim Parr
  • Valiant Swart
  • Van Coke Cartel
  • Zakes Bantwini

We really appreciate your feedback. We’re always open to suggestions and even requests! If you’re a South African musician living or touring internationally, do let us know about your concerts, album releases or tours – we’d love to give you a punt on the show. Our email address is yesno@tunemewhat.com

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It’s A Free Country

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Owing to a gracious friend of the show, Leon was lucky enough to get tickets when the Twenty Years of Freedom show hit Los Angeles. It featured some of our favourite artists including Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo so we’ve built a show around it!

Of course, it wouldn’t be Tune Me What? without a few new discoveries, so there’s something for everyone in another jam-packed hour of South African music.

This week we feature:

  • Derick Watts & The Kifness (feat. Jack Parow)
  • Hot Water (feat. Donovan Copley)
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Reason
  • Soweto String Quartet
  • Vusi Mahlasela

We really appreciate your feedback. We’re always open to suggestions and even requests! If you’re a South African musician living or touring internationally, do let us know about your concerts, album releases or tours – we’d love to give you a punt on the show. Our email address is yesno@tunemewhat.com

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A New Season!

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Well, we’re so stoked to be back with a THIRD season of Tune Me What?!

Once again, we aim to bring you a weekly show featuring some of the best music – past and present –  made by South Africans wherever they find themselves. Whether you’re a South African in SA lamenting the lack of local media support for our music, or you find yourself somewhere else in the world missing the sounds of home, we hope we can enjoy each other’s company for an hour a week.

A special welcome to our international listeners who don’t know much about South African music but want to find out more about this treasure trove of sound.

In this episode, we feature music from:

  • Baba Shibambo
  • Jabula
  • Julian Laxton
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Matthew Mole
  • Scooters Union
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Trevor Rabin
  • Underground Press

We really appreciate your feedback. We’re always open to suggestions and even requests! If you’re a South African musician living or touring internationally, do let us know about your concerts, album releases or tours – we’d love to give you a punt on the show. Our email address is yesno@tunemewhat.com

But most importantly, if you enjoy the show, tell your friends about Tune Me What?!

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Happy New Year!

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We’re very happy to bring you a 100-minute Tune Me What? special to mark the New Year. We let our hair down and play some of the greatest South African party music.

It was a very special show for us because for the first time we were in the same studio, in the same time zone! We had a blast, as you’ll hear from the unedited and goonish back-announcing!

So! Happy New Year, from us at Tune Me What and we hope to catch up with you soon with a brand new season!

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We’re on a break!

The Second Season of Tune Me What? has ended and we’re now on a break. We will be back with a super end of year special, before starting our Season Three in 2015.

In the meantime, please enjoy the 60+ shows we have archived here.

Second Season Sunset Show

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Well, it’s the last show of the season, so Leon & Brett indulge themselves with whatever catches their fancy, including some tunes from some old friends and – as a special event – Brett gives a sneak-peak of his new album with current band The Sighs of Monsters who have remade a song first performed by the, er, ‘legendary’ Leather Omnibus.

In all it’s a bitter-sweet show as we say goodbye until next season… well, almost goodbye because Tune Me What? will be back for a bumper New Year’s Party special in late-December! Keep an eye out for details!

In this episode, we feature the music of:

  • Anton Goosen
  • Black Coffee
  • Jo Edwards
  • JoBurg City Stars
  • Johnny Clegg and Savuka
  • Mahlatini and The Mahotella Queens
  • N. D. Hotshots
  • One Large Banana
  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Slo Foot King Brothers
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Zinkplaat

Brett’s band – The Sighs of Monsters – which featured in this how, released their first single the day after this show came out. Here it is:

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The ‘Not Sure Where To Look’ show

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After an exhausting series of special themed and extended shows, Leon & Brett decide to take it easy and play whatever the hell they feel like, so it’s an eclectic mixed bag of some more great music from South Africa.

This episode features the music of:

  • Al Bairre
  • Bojo Mujo
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Erik Windrich
  • Gito Baloi
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • Matthew Mole
  • Naming James
  • Plush
  • Shortstraw

We really appreciate your feedback. We’re always open to suggestions and even requests! If you’re a South African musician living or touring internationally, do let us know about your concerts, album releases or tours – we’d love to give you a punt on the show. Our email address is yesno@tunemewhat.com

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Caravan of Sound

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We spend an entertaining and informative 100 full minutes with the legendary independent record producer, Lloyd Ross, one of the founders of Shifty Records ahead of next week’s Heritage Concert in Johannesburg. We also find the time to spin some records from Shifty’s incredible back-catalogue featuring the following artists:

  • The Cherry Faced Lurchers
  • Fosatu Worker’s Choir
  • James Phillips
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Johannes Kerkorrel
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • Khaki Monitor
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • National Wake
  • The Radio Rats
  • Roger Lucey
  • Sankomoto
  • Urban Creep
  • VanderWant/Letcher

And Trevor Nasser plays ‘Vyfster’

Also mentioned in the programme is Michael Drewett’s documentary about Roger Lucey, which is well worth watching. Also, read Roger’s book!

We really appreciate your feedback. We’re always open to suggestions and even requests! If you’re a South African musician living or touring internationally, do let us know about your concerts, album releases or tours – we’d love to give you a punt on the show. Our email address is yesno@tunemewhat.com

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VoëlVryDag

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Today’s episode tells the partial story of the heroic Voelvry Tour undertaken by Shifty Records artists Johannes Kerkorrel, Bernoldus Niemand, and Andre LeToit, that band of ‘alternative Afrikaners who challenged the status quo and the establishment in apartheid-era South Africa in the late 1980s.

There’s a wonderful book and a movie about it. The book - by Pat Hopkins – is, by  wonderfully informative and the DVD is incredibly moving, especially the parts where Koos Kombuis talks about his late friends and comrades, James Phillips and Johannes Kerkorrel.

But this episode of Tune Me What aims to be a quick introduction to some of the great music and artists involved.

In this episode we feature:

  • Johannes Kerkorrel & The Gereformeerde Blues Band
  • Andre LeToit (Koos Kombuis)
  • Bernoldus Niemand (James Phillips)
  • The Kerels
  • Koos
  • The Genuines

This episode is part of our “Shifty September” series celebrating 30 years of Shifty Records.

Don’t forget – as mentioned in the show – Shifty are giving away a free download of a Johannes Kerkorrel concert via Soundcloud. You can grab it here. And if you’re in Johannesburg this month, there is still time to book for the Shifty Heritage Concert and see some of these legends playing in the flesh.

We really appreciate your feedback. We’re always open to suggestions and even requests! If you’re a South African musician living or touring internationally, do let us know about your concerts, album releases or tours – we’d love to give you a punt on the show. Our email address is yesno@tunemewhat.com

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