S08E11 – Bliksem It’s The Beatles

The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr turned 80 this month and to mark this Brett & Leon have dug out some of the best cover versions of Beatles songs performed by South African artists. The fact that today’s show features musics from such a diverse range of artists from the 60s to the present day shows just how great the Beatles influence was in South Africa. So join us for a show packed full of interesting music, trivia and small-talk.

This show features

  • Miriam Makeba
  • Assagai
  • Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels
  • Seether
  • Hotline
  • Margaret Singana
  • Voodoo Child
  • Johnny Kongos & The G-Men
  • The Drive
  • The Flames
  • The Attractions
  • Hawk
  • Selkii

Find out more about Selkii and her band Begley Woods and check out her performance on the USA edition of The Voice.

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S08E10 – Vrystaat!

Leon & Brett hit the virtual highway again and head down to the Free State to explore some of the music connected to and that has come out of one of South Africa’s latest provinces, known mostly to them as “that long stretch of road between Johannesburg and Grahamstown.

There is also news about a new fundraising initiative by Shifty Records for its alumni who have fallen on hard times, like the great Simba Morri.

For more information, visit Shifty’s GoFundMe Page. In addition, all proceeds from the sale of Simba Morri’s music on Bandcamp will go directly to the fund. Shifty have released a brand new live album, which is also now available!

Now, in today’s episode we feature:

  • Simba Morri
  • DJ Cleo
  • Valiant Swart
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Johannes Kerkorrel
  • Abdullah Ibrahim
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • Robin Auld
  • David Kramer
  • Refentse
  • Slikour

Here’s some Simba Morri playing live at the Shifty Birthda celebrations in 2014 to get you in the mood. Also, check out the Simba Morri MIxtape we produced in association with Cutting Grooves, which features an array of Shifty and 3rd Ear Music artists!

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S08E09 – Talking Music Power!

On this extended episode of TMW?, Brett and Leon plays a great selection of South African tunes that charted on the iconic independent radio station, Capital 604, during the 1980s, and also speak to Craig Johnston, the director and producer of a new documentary about the radio station.

In this episode we feature:

  • Steve Kekana
  • Lesley Rae Dowling
  • Crocodile Harris
  • Ballyhoo
  • Via Africa
  • Ella Mental
  • Sipho Mabuse
  • David Kramer
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Neil Solomon
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Check out Music Power: The Story of Capital 604 on Vimeo PPV:

MUSIC POWER: The Story of Capital 604 from Craig J. Johnston on Vimeo.

It is also available on Amazon Prime.

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Introducing Mixtapes ZA

Today sees the launch of Mixtapes ZA – a website dedicated to listening to and documenting South African music while celebrating the mix tape format with its distinctive allure, its ability to immerse us in a specific listening experience. It is a joint initiative of Tune Me What? and Cutting Grooves and explores South African music through various mix tape themes.

We’re very excited to be part of this fresh initiative to preserve some of South Africa’s musical heritage.

Check out the the website,  follow it on Facebook, and subscribe to the Mixcloud feed for even more great South African music.

S08E08 – New Library Acquisitions (Part 2)

Leon & Brett have a pile of new CDs to add to their extensive library of South African music. This episode is the second in a two-parter in which they check out some of the great new library acquisitions, which range from jazz to classical, rock to reggae, but it’s all great South African music!

In this episode we feature:

  • Max Hurrel
  • Selaelo Selota
  • Amampondo
  • Renee Reznek
  • The Rishile Gumboot Band
  • Ras Dumisani & Afrikhaya Band
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Ge Korsten

Check out The Kiffness’s video for Zol!

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S08E07 – New Library Acquisitions (Part 1)

Leon & Brett have a pile of new CDs to add to their extensive library of South African music. This episode is the first in a two-parter in which they check out some of the great new library acquisitions, which range form jazz to hip-hop, power-pop to reggae-vibes, but it’s all great South African music!

In this show we feature

  • The Bottom Of The Barrel Blues Band
  • Not The Midnight Mass
  • Selaelo Selota
  • Tweak
  • The Original Evergreen
  • Lesego Rampolokeng with the Kalahari Surfers
  • Ipi Ntombi
  • Coda
  • Mr Pietersen & The Guys
  • Ras Dumisani & Afrikhaya Band

Check out the video for “Lockdown Blues” and to find out how you can support contemporary musicians in South Africa, please contact the Cape Town Music Academy at info@ctma.co.za.

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S08E06 – Groundhog Day

Leon and Brett are feeling the effects of The Lockdown and, flirting with madness, imagine what great South African songs would torment in them in a sub-continental Groundhog Day. The conceit might be ZA-ny, but the music is great! Join them for an hour+ of lekker Sefrikin choons.

In this episode we feature:

  • Lucky Dube
  • Ethel My Love
  • eVoid
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • David Kramer
  • Sipho Mabuse
  • Joy
  • Hotline
  • Hip Hop Pantsula
  • Brenda Fasie
  • Mango Groove

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S08E05 – The Prohibition Lockdown Show

Brett & Leon return with another show crammed full of great South African music. This episode features a new single from the outrageous Medicine Dolls and a brand new song from the 80s chart-toppers, The Spectres, who have reformed after 30 years! We get the lowdown from Spectres guitarist Gary Rathbone, as well as spinning tons more music interleaved with premium kakpraat!

In this episode, we feature:

  • The Spectres
  • The Kerels
  • The Medicine Dolls
  • Johannes Kerkorrel
  • Die Lemme
  • Gloria Bosman
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • The Elite Swingsters
  • David Kramer

Check out these great videos by The Spectres & The Medicine Dolls!

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S08E04 – Dodging Sjamboks Part 2

In this episode – part 2 of 2 – Leon & Brett continue the playlist of artists featured in the excellent article by journalist Derek Davey called “Dodging the sjambok: How musicians got around apartheid’s laws”. The piece is an interesting read, but many may not be familiar with the sound of the artists mentioned. So the TMW team thought it might be a good idea to produce a companion podcast.

This episode features

  • Sankomota
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Lloyd Ross
  • Roger Lucey
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • FOSATU Choir
  • Dudu Pakwana
  • Miriam Makeba
  • The Kalahari Surfers

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S08E03 – Dodging Sjamboks Part 1

In this episode – a part 1 of 2 – Leon & Brett play the artists featured in the excellent article by journalist Derek Davey called “Dodging the sjambok: How musicians got around apartheid’s laws”. The piece is an interesting read, but many may not be familiar with the sound of the artists mentioned. So the TMW team thought it might be a good idea to produce a companion podcast.

This episode features:

  • Dax Butler
  • Molombo
  • Dollar Brand
  • David Marks
  • Zasha
  • Solomon Linda
  • Benny B’Funk & the Sons of Gadaffi Bar-Mitzvah Band
  • James Phillips
  • Juluka
  • Ge Korsten

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