The Awards Edition

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In this episode we take a listen to just a few of the many South African artists who can add “award-winning” to their online biographies. Honestly, we were so spoiled for choice that in the end we did an eclectic blend of artists we hadn’t played on the show before, mixed in with some old favourites. So rub some red stoep polish into your beige Joshua Doore carpet… its Awards Show Time!

Polishing up their acceptance speeches this week are:

  • Beatenberg
  • Dr Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters
  • Hatchetman
  • Nakhane Toure
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Julian Redpath
  • Sharon Katz
  • Soweto Gospel Choir
  • Van Coke Kartel
  • Wouter Kellerman
  • Zakes Bantwini

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The Mugg & Bean Generation

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Are you young, constantly on the move, connected, online, looking for the next big thing, and living fast and spending faster? In America, they’d call you “The Starbucks Generation”. In South Africa, well, that might be the “Mugg & Bean Generation”, but whether or not these generational traits translate across the ocean, there sure as hell is a brilliant indie-alternative rock scene in South Africa to provide the soundtrack to well, whatever you want to call it!

So, in this fast and furious episode of Tune Me What?, we feature the music of:

  • Anti Retro Vinyls
  • BLK JKS
  • Bye Beneco
  • Card on Spokes
  • Go Barefoot
  • John Wizards
  • Kongos
  • Locnville
  • Nonku Phiri
  • Parlotones
  • Shortstraw
  • Zebra & Giraffe

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.

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Photo of coffee courtesy Dennis Tang, Flickr.

Leon’s Mix Tape

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This week it is Leon’s turn to present his mix tape of the South African music that’s caught his ear recently – some classics and some really fresh and new sounds!  So, for 60 minutes, Leon takes the lead and Brett adds his tuppence worth to another great selection.

The mix tape features:

  • Al Bairre
  • Black Coffee
  • Desmond & the Tutus
  • Freshlyground
  • Jabu Bahula
  • Matthew Mole
  • Nibs van der Spuy
  • Simphiwe Dana
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Vusi Khumalo

We also take a look at the new documentary about Sharon Katz and teh Peace Train – “When Voices Meet” – which is doing so well on the film festival circuit at the moment. Check out the trailer here:

When Voices Meet Trailer from Sharon Katz on Vimeo.

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.

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Brett’s Mix Tape

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Brett and Leon decided to do a “mix tape ” each and Brett won the toss to go first, so this show is a random selection picked out by Brett. “I got a lot of new CDs in this month and I’ve been dying to play them, so this was the perfect excuse,” he says. So, here’s an hour of more fantastic South African music presented by Brett while Leon interjects with his judgements and observations in another fun-filled episode of Tune Me What?

Next week, they reverse roles, so its a two-parter of sorts!

This week’s show features music by:

  • Aquarian Quartet
  • Des & Dawn Lindberg
  • Dollar Brand
  • Flash Republic
  • Gay Marines
  • Gert Vlok Nel
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens
  • Mwabula
  • Robin Auld
  • Syd Kitchen

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.

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TMW Goes To The Movies

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What puts the pop in popcorn? Some great tunes, of course! This week we’re off to the movies to keep our ears peeled for some of the best South African music used in films. Whether they’re local productions or international flicks about South Africa, nothing sets the scene like some authentic SA music. So join us for the next 60 minutes in our virtual bioscope!

Once you’ve heard the tunes, why not see if you can get your hands on some of the movies too?

This episode features tunes by:

  • Cherry Faced Lurchers
  • Die Heuwels Fantasties
  • Freshly Ground
  • Jack Parow
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Manhattan Brothers
  • Max Normal
  • Noise Khanyile
  • Petit Cheval
  • Radio kalahari Orkes
  • 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.

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Catch up with Tune Me What?

Catch-Up-with-TMWWell, we’re half way through Season 3 and it’s time for us to a week off to enjoy the summer. But it’s a great time to catch up on past episodes. There are now 80 episodes of Tune Me What? – all available right here, or through iTunes.

Laugh along with some of our more zany themed episodes and dive right into South African music history with some of our special feature shows, or even meet some of the celebrities who have popped into our virtual studio to spin some of their favourite tracks.

Next week we’ll be back with a trip to the cinema, as we look at some great South African music used in movies.

See you again next week!

 

Your Shot at the Grahamstown Festival Experience

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Leon and Brett have always loved the Grahamstown Festival and it is one of the things they miss most about their adopted home town.  In years past, if they weren’t busking and gigging, they’d be found furiously doing paste-ups and write-ups for teh various festival media or trying to blag their way into shows. SO join them for a virtual festival – nit including the sights and the smells –  as they feature some of the acts who appeared last week at the festival, along with some who have won ‘best-of-the-fest awards’ in the music category in recent years.

This episode features:

  • Beatenberg
  • Boo!
  • Gloria Bosman
  • Johnny Clegg
  • Max-Hoba
  • Pops Mohammed
  • Qadasi & Maqhinga
  • Ray Phiri
  • Shortstraw
  • Sibongile Khumalo
  • Steve Newman

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.

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Goes on Safari

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Leon and Brett go on a musical safari, choosing some great South African tunes about, or inspired by (or for vague reasons named after) animals. Hey, the music’s great, so who really needs to find a reason to play it? The weekend starts here!

In this episode, we feature:

  • Amersham
  • Chris Letcher
  • Darius Brubek
  • Dear Reader
  • Juluka
  • Koos Kombuis
  • The Mahotella Queens
  • Piet Botha
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Soweto String Quartet
  • Valiant Swart
  • Via Africa

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.

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Friday I’ve Got Braai Day On My Mind!

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Like any other South African-American, Leon will find any excuse to light up the braai. Luckily the USA celebrates it’s 4th of July holiday tomorrow, so Leon has a great excuse. Even Brett in London is enjoying some of the hottest weather in history so an icy lager and some Fry’s vegetarian boerewors isn’t out of the question. Ja, for sure it’s bladdy cold back in SA at the moment, but all the more reason to light a fire, right?

Anyway, here is some music appropriate for the occasion:

  • The National Braai Day Anthem
  • 4 Jacks & A Jill
  • Die Radio Kalahari Orkes
  • Edi Niederlander
  • éVoid
  • Jajaha Akangwane
  • Josh Sithole
  • Mara Louw
  • Morris Goldberg’s Urban Jazz Band
  • Noise Khanyile
  • Sipho Mabuse
  • Zebra & Giraffe

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.

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In this episode we used some free sound effects from http://www.freesfx.co.uk

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Rise of the Robots

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Leon & Brett got a bit excited by the the initiative shown by the enterprising Mr Vusimuzi Mbatha and, following his lead, built their own spaceship to take Tune Me What? on a Mars mission, hopefully to get there before that other South African, Elon Musk! Unfortunately things went wrong with the programming of the robots. This might have been down to the confusing of manuals from Oxford University’s Faculty of Robotics with a memo from the Rosebank Municipality on the robots not working on the corner of Oxford Street…

Anyway, let’s not apportion blame like some milkyway-Malema, let’s just say things have gone a little spaced-out with this week’s show…

This week’s show features the intergalactic tones of the following celestial bodies

  • Black Coffee
  • BLK JKS
  • Goldfish
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • The Parlotones
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • Third Ear Experience
  • TKZee
  • Trans.Sky
  • 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 But most importantly, if you enjoy the show, tell your friends about Tune Me What?! You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat

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In this episode we used some free sound effects from http://www.freesfx.co.uk

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