Durban’s Wild Youth

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In this special extended episode, we are joined by Michael Flek, frontman of the legendary Durban punk band, Wild Youth. Michael brought in his private collection of music and in between some classics, we are privileged to hear some rare demos and rehearsal recordings.

We chat about his past at the centre of the South African punk scene in the late 1970s and hear about some exciting re-releases on his record label Retrobution Records which has some fantastic rerecorded and remastered material from the time on offer. Afficionados should waste no time and visit their store for some very limited reissues.

Michael is back on the music scene having started a new band in London in the UK called Mig21. Check out some footage from their debut performance below:

In this episode we feature the music of:

  • Amampondo
  • The Asylaum Kids
  • Dead Babies
  • The Flames
  • Gay Marines
  • The Gents
  • Leopard
  • The Mystery Girls
  • Peach
  • Powerage
  • Riot Squad SA
  • Rotors
  • The System’s Crying
  • Via Africa
  • Wild Youth

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The Philately Show

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No “philately” isn’t something that’ll bring the vice squad, it’s all about postal stamps!

The South African Post Office has just released a series of ten stamps “Singing the praises of South African popular-music legends”, commemorating the lives of musicians who have contributed a great deal to the South African musical canon and to the wider society in which they lived. Sadly, none of them are with us any longer, but their music lives on for future generations to enjoy. While many lived to an old age and enjoyed their well-deserved recognition, some of them died poor and unrecognized in their own lifetimes. Sadly, two of them were murdered, victims of the country’s sometimes out-of-control crime rate.

But in this show Leon and Brett focus on the positive. So, if you’ve seen the stamps – perhaps you’ve even been lucky enough to get a letter with one on – and you’d like to know a little more about these musical giants and to hear some of their music, you’ll really enjoy this episode!

This episode ‘addresses’ the music of the late greats:

  • James Phillips: 1959-1995
  • Brenda Fassie: 1964-2004
  • Johannes Kerkorrel: 1960-2002
  • Lucky Dube: 1963-2007
  • Miriam Makeba: 1932-2008
  • Solomon Linda: 1909-1962
  • Spokes Mashiyane: 1933-1972
  • Simon Nkabinde: 1935-1999
  • Kippie Moeketsi: 1925-1983
  • Taliep Petersen: 1950-2006

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The Golden Episode

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Hooray! We’ve reached 50 episodes of Tune Me What? – it’s the Golden Episode!

When we started out on our mission to bring South African music to a wider audience in May last year we thought it would be fun reliving our old university radio show days and yakking about the music we both love. Obviously we hoped other people would feel the same and would get a kick out if it.

But it surpassed our expectations.

We have made new friends and even reconnected with some old ones through this show. We’ve expanded our own musical horizon by discovering so much more South African music than we imagined was out there, particularly by new and emerging artists but also by mining the rich legacy of music our home country has produced over the decades. Fifty shows! That’s more than two days of continual listening to some really awesome and undervalued music. We’re so pleased that you’ve joined us for some part of the journey.

Of course, all the episodes are archived here, so you can always dip back in. Most importantly, stick around for more adventures in South African sound – and tell your friends to join us. The ride continues.

In this show, we feature:

  • Amampondo
  • Bertha Egnos
  • Binary
  • Boerekwela
  • Golden Swallows
  • Goldfish
  • Hugh Masekela
  • John Kongos
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • The Kerels
  • Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart
  • Locnville (feat Matthew Gold)
  • Robin Auld

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Clip Show #1

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This episode features some of the highlights of Season One of Tune Me What? As we approach our 50th show, you’re bound to enjoy hearing how we’ve developed! Remember, the old episodes are still available in full on iTunes and at right here at tunemewhat.com.

In this clip show, we revisit:

  • Asylum Kids
  • Baxtop
  • Bayside Blues Band
  • David Kramer
  • James Phillips & The Cherry Faced Lurchers
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Letta Mbulu
  • Nakhane Toure
  • Nick Moyake
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • Spokes Mashiyane
  • West Nkosi

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The Mind Bending Show

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This is a very serious episode of Tune Me What?. We stumbled upon this sensational exposé on News24.com of what is happening to the South African Music industry. We weren’t entirely clear what the specifics were – we guess we may be victims of this “technology” ourselves – but apparently mind-control and Kurt Darren are involved in this conspiracy. As South African music lovers we felt it was our duty to give this shocking report a wider audience and to do our best to present evidence of the unquestionable grooviness of SA Music.

We therefore present 12 exhibits of audio evidence chosen at random, including:

  • Anchors Up
  • Dog Detachment
  • Galore
  • Jabula
  • Jazz Dazzlers
  • Kippie Moeketsi & The Marabi Kings
  • Lucy Kruger
  • Mabi Gabriel Thobejane
  • MarkAlex
  • Sugardrive
  • Tribe After Tribe

And featuring Intergalactic Commander Kurt Darren

Further research has also uncovered “sensational” evidence that Kurt Darren may be a vessel for space aliens at the highest levels. Here is the visual evidence:

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Please, if you have any further information about this conspiracy, contact us urgently!

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

kurtdarrenAn eagle-eyed and ever-vigilant listener sent in this photo of yet another mind evacuation stopping ‘Kurt Darren’ in his tracks. Experts agree that in this instance the alien overlords slipped up and when his mind returned ‘Kurt Darren’ had been switched with a backup alien avatar ‘Pete Burns’ 4900 nautical miles away. Astonished friends say the former Dead or Alive singer inexplicably started speaking in Afrikaans and demanding to know “the score” while performing at the entrance to Platform 3 northbound at London’s famous Piccadilly tube station. Meanwhile, back in South Africa, ‘Kurt Darren’ began singing “You Spin Me Right Round’ for startled rugby fans. However, since he did this in Xhosa, most assumed this was simply another pop star mangling the National Anthem and the incident passed largely unnoticed.

Please, if you spot any suspicious photos revealing ‘Kurt Darren’ entering a fugue state, submit the evidence to us. It is imperative this mind-control conspiracy is investigated thoroughly.

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Two for the Price of One

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Collaborations between South African artists have produced some wonderful music. This episode of Tune Me What? celebrates the music that flows from the partnership of one great artist with another.

In the show, we feature the music of:

  • Cindy Alter & Stewart Irving
  • Darius Brubeck & Deepak Ram
  • Johnny Clegg & Danny K
  • Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart
  • Madala Kunene & Max Lasser
  • Miriam Makeba & Harry Belafonte
  • PJ Powers & Jabu Tsambo
  • Syd Kitchen & Madala Kunene
  • Tony Cox & Steve Newman
  • Vusi Mahlasela & Louis Mhlanga

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Bands Reunited!

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In this episodes of Tune Me What? Leon & Brett spin their customary collection of cool tunes from South Africa, but also celebrate the fact that three of their favourite bands have reunited and are rocking again!

In the show, we feature the music of:

  • Anti Retro Vinyls
  • Boyoyo Boys
  • Danny De Wet And The Lowveld Garage Band
  • Errol Dyers
  • Evoid
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Otis Waygood Blues Band
  • Squeal
  • Third Ear Experience
  • Urban Creep
  • Vusi Mahlasela

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Koos Kombuis analysed by Cambridge University

According to the BBC, South African musician, songwriter and poet Koos Kombuis is having one of his works included as part of a literature exam for students at Cambridge University in the UK.

How do they get past the fact that Kombuis writes in Afrikaans, you may be asking yourself.  Easy, the poem in question has no words. He called the work “Tipp-Ex Sonate”.

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According to Mark Ford, a poet and professor of English Language and Literature at University College London, there is little point trying to decipher the text. He advises:

“I don’t think you could write an interesting long answer about the text. The pattern is not particularly complicated and there are only a handful of characters. A better strategy would be to put Tipp-Ex Sonate in a wider aesthetic context. Students could discuss the avant-garde tradition of anti-art,widely associated with the dada movement, which saw defacing or destroying artworks as a form of iconoclasm.”

Perhaps if Cambridge could arrange to have a jug of Tassies to hand, ‘Professor’ Kombuis would host a seminar to explain the work himself.

The Covers Show

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This week’s show is inspired by Die Lemme – which features former members of Die Gereformeerde Blues Band covering Johannes Kerkorrel’s song ‘Liefde’. They played on the original track back in 1989.  Standing in for the late Johnny K is Arno Carstens from the Springbok Nude Girls. We particularly like it when South African artists cover other South African tracks because, we think, it helps to establish a cannon of homegrown music. So, we devoted the show to artists paying tribute to their fellow South Africans.

In this episode we featured:

  • Die Lemme
  • Jack Parow
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Nico Carstens
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Soweto String Quartet
  • Tony Cox
  • Urban Creep
  • Van Der Want / Letcher
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • Wonderboom

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Her Hand Around Our Hearts

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This week, as well as playing the usual assortment of tunes from South African artists, we debut the first in an occasional series of features on “Classic South African Albums”. The first is Jennifer Ferguson’s tremendous 1985 album, “Hand Around The Heart”.

In this week’s show, we feature the music of:

  • African Jazz Pioneers
  • Amampondo
  • Black Coffee
  • Hip Hop Pantsula
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Piet Botha
  • Robin Levetan
  • Savuka
  • Wonderboom

In the show we featured a cut from Hip Hop Pantsula’s concept album “Motswafrica” and, as promised, here is the ‘trailer’ video we mentioned:

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