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!

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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.

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Thundering Towards Thirty

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Shifty Records was the most important alternative record company in South Africa during the 1980s until it effectively closed up shop in the mid 1990s. It is not an exaggeration to say that a highly disproportionate number of our favourite artists were on this tiny label with it’s studio in a caravan and run from ramshackle offices in the bohemian suburb of Yeoville in Johannesburg.

Now Shifty is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with an ambitious plan to release work from its archives and to create a documentary about its part in those heady, exciting – and mostly terrifying – times in South Africa’s musical history.

There’s going to be a HUGE concert in Johannesburg on the 24th September 2014 reuniting many of the artists who got their start on the Shifty label. In this episode, we play some tracks by the artists who will be performing at the Shifty Heritage Concert.

There’s also some info about the Thunderfund project to raise money for the archive releases and the documentary. Find out more here.

In this episode, we feature the music of:

  •  The Genuines
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Jonathan “Rat” Handley
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • The Kerels
  • Matthew van der Want
  • Rian Malan
  • Robin Auld
  • Simba Morri
  • Tananas
  • Tony Cox
  • Urban Creep
  • Van Der Want/Letcher
  • Vusi Mahlasela

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We’re not going to Graceland

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No, we’re not going to Graceland… in this episode we’re staying home and spinning discs by some of the South African stars who contributed to Paul Simon’s iconic ‘Graceland’ album. Many people don’t realize that many of the artists on the album didn’t only contribute their performances, some contributed to the writing and many more were bona fide superstars in their own country before they met Paul Simon.

Graceland is indeed a gigantic and brilliant album and a tribute to Paul Simon’s genius, but he had a lot of help. Undoubtedly his name and the success of the project exposed the world to South African music and boosted the careers of the contributors, so let’s spend 90 minutes together – YES, it’s an extended show! – enjoying the music of:

  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Barney Rachabane
  • The Boyoyo Boys
  • General MD Shirinda
  • Isaac Mtshali & Bayete
  • Jonhson Mkhalali
  • Kintone (featuring Tony Cedras)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Mike Makhalemele
  • Morris Goldberg
  • Ray Phiri & Stimela
  • Vusi Khumalo

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Stranger on a Train

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Leon meets a random South African on a train journey from San Diego to LA… and it turns out to be the former bass player of Arapaho. And so we begin the journey there and steam through another hour of great South African music.

In this episode we feature the music of:

  • Arapaho
  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Chris Chameleon
  • Evoid
  • Hannes Coetzee
  • In Simple English
  • Kongos
  • Mbongeni Ngema
  • Slo Foot King Brothers
  • Steve Kekana
  • Thabong Melodeers

And introducing the fabulous multi-talented Xav.

As promised, that video by the extraordinary Hannes Coetzee and his teaspoon technique.


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South Africa’s Most Wanted!

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In this episode, the crime-fighting duo of Leon & Brett tackle South African musicians who have found themselves in tjoekie [the clink, porridge, the big house, the slammer, for our international listeners].

Yes, this notorious array of ne’er-do-wells have paid the ultimate price for their crimes and misdemeanors: they’ve been featured on Tune Me What? alongside Steve Hofmeyr!

Our team of forensic experts demonstrate that these scoundrels should spend less time getting records and more time making more great records.

In this episode we feature the felonious music of the following outlaws:

  • Arno Carstens
  • Donald Moatshe
  • Jack Parow
  • Kelly Khumalo
  • Khulekani “Mgqumeni”Khumalo” 
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • Sello “Chicco” Twala
  • Steve Hofmeyr
  • Watkin “Ninja” Jones

And we introduce the music of the fine upstanding citizen, Max-Hoba in our “Tune Me Something New” slot.

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Going Bos in the Bush

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Well, it’s hard to believe but it’s true. That dirty, dusty… thirsty celebration of South African music – the Oppikoppi festival – is 20 years old!

This weekend sees a massive celebration to mark the occasion. Unfortunately like many other South African music lovers around the world, we aren’t able to make it, so we thought we’d do the next best thing and devote an whole episode of Tune Me What? to some highlights recorded at Oppikoppi by a host of artists who have graced the stage there.

So please join us for an hour of great music and raise a glass of something cold to the amazing, unstoppable, brilliant festival of South African Music!

Happy birthday Oppikoppi! Long may you make a helluva lawaai in the bush! 

In this show we feature the music of:

  • aKING
  • Battery 9
  • Bittereinde
  • Joshua Grierson
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Lithium
  • Pressure Cookies
  • Thysis
  • Urban Creep
  • Valiant Swart
  • Zakes Bantwini

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Betcha didn’t know they were South African

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We’re everywhere! South African performers and musician pop up where you least expect it and have been part of some of the most reputable and respected international acts, from chart toppers to cult boppers, both on stage and behind the scenes.

In this show we feature the music of:

  • Anton Fig
  • Blondie Chaplin
  • Cherry Wainer
  • Dave Matthews
  • Duncan Faure
  • Manfred Mann
  • Ricky Fatar
  • Robbi Robb
  • Robert Schneider
  • Sid James
  • Trevor Rabin

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The Pretty Eclectic Indulgent Show

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In this episodes, Leon and Brett take it easy, and with no fixed agenda play some newish South African music mixed in with some old favourites.  So join them for another hour of sweet SA sounds and chatter.

In this show we feature the music of:

  • Abashante
  • Aeroplanes
  • Bayete
  • Big Idea
  • Cynosure
  • Farryl Purkiss
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Mr. Mac & the Genuines
  • Parlotones
  • Stimela
  • Vusi Mahlasela

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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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