S04E17 – The Flip-Flop Show

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What if the world hadn’t bothered with Radiohead’s tired and dull new album and had discovered the brilliant Nakhane Toure’s “Brave Confusion” instead? It could still happen of course! And it should! In this boundary-breaking episode, Leon and Brett nod in the direction of famous international bands and then flip them for a South African band or artist you’ll love if you like that. South Africa is a vast reserve of new music waiting to be discovered. We’re sinking a shaft right here so get prospecting!

In this episode we feature:

  • Matthew Mole
  • Locnville
  • Black Coffee
  • Shortstraw
  • Lithium
  • Petite Cheval
  • John Wizards
  • The Anti Retro Vinyls
  • Dan Patlansky
  • Kongos
  • Lucky Dube
  • Nakhane Toure

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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South African podcast stirs Rodriguez controversy

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Shocking distortions in award-winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man” exposed

Searching For Sugar Man, the Oscar-winning documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul “distorts facts and fabricates events” according to the well-known podcast series about South African music, “Tune Me What?”

In a controversial episode of the show, hosts Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus welcomed guest Professor Michael Drewett of Rhodes University in Grahamstown for a discussion about how the scripted narrative of the movie has distorted South African musical history at the expense of South African artists.

Professor Drewett is an international expert on censorship in music and a keen historian of South African alternative and protest music during the anti-apartheid struggle.

While making a point of stressing that Rodriguez – famous for such songs as ‘Sugar Man’ and ‘I Wonder’ – never made the claim himself, Prof Drewett noted that contrary to the films claims, Rodriguez was never banned in South Africa and certainly was not a leading anti-apartheid voice in music. In fact, some scenes in the movie were faked.

“The decision to discuss the fictional narrative in the movie was taken because we felt many aspects of it were creeping into historical records as fact,” said co-presenter Brett Lock. “For example, the wikipedia entry for the film claims that Rodriguez was a banned artist and that ‘harsh censorship’ made it impossible for South Africans to find out about him, while his own wikipedia entry claims that some of his songs served as anti-Apartheid anthems. None of this is true, and yet through repetition it is increasingly regarded as fact!”

Leon Lazarus noted that one of the effects of these myths is to “rob those South African musicians who made a real commitment to democratic change and opposition to apartheid of their rightful place.. and hand the mantle, undeservedly, to Rodriguez.”

Opinion on the show’s Facebook page was passionately divided between fans of Rodriguez and those who shared the view that Searching For Sugar Man did a disservice to the truth about the real musical heroes of the alternative scene in the 1970s and 80s such as Juluka, Roger Lucey, David Kramer, National Wake, the Asylum Kids, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Jennifer Ferguson, Kalahari Surfers, and others, all of whom are featured in the 90 minute show.

Ironically, the podcast was started 4 years ago after the presenters noticed people entranced by ‘unique’ story of a singer who was “huge in South Africa” but virtually unknown anywhere else. “We knew that this seemingly remarkable story was far from unique: It was the story of thousands of South African musicians – legends in their own country, but unknown to the world,” they said.

Their efforts in spreading the word about South African music to an international audience were rewarded when Esquire Magazine listed “Tune Me What?” as an “essential podcast”.

The show is available online at: http://www.tunemewhat.com

Further discussion is encouraged at: https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat/

S04E16 – Getting Over Sugarman

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Did the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching For Sugarman” make things up and distort facts to the point where international audiences got a false impressing of the South African music scene? Did they make Rodriguez an undeserving hero at the cost of local South African musicians? With their special guest, music sociologist Michael Drewett, Brett & Leon reveal the scandalous truth about Malik Bendjelloul’s ‘fake-umentary’.

In this episode we feature:

  • Roger Lucey
  • National Wake
  • David Kramer
  • Edi Niederlander
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • Juluka
  • James Phillips
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Bright Blue
  • Just Jinger

Check out Michael Drewett’s other project about censorship and South African music, Cutting Grooves.

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

S04E15 – Postcards From Hermanus

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During the mid-season break, Brett visited Hermanus in the Western Cape so he and Leon exchanged the ‘musical postcards’ which make up this week’s show. Brett never spotted any whales – even though it was in the middle of “Kalfiefees” – but he did find one of the best independent record shops in South Africa in the middle of Hermanus while searching for the new Matthew van der Want album… and other rarities!

So enjoy the zany exchanges as your two hosts celebrate more South African music!

In this episode, we feature:

  • Robin Auld
  • Abdullah Ibrahim
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Valiant Swart
  • David Kramer
  • Toya Delazy
  • Refentse
  • Sipho Gumede
  • Namaqa
  • Fetish
  • Matthew van der Want

Also, be sure to check out Funky Vibes CD shop if you’re even in Hermanus – they are one of the best stockists of South African music Tune Me What? has ever found – and the staff are super friendly and helpful.

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

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

S04E14 – With Lyrics by Ingrid Jonker…

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Tune Me What? takes a look at an incredible album featuring 36 different South African artists who have turned the poems of the late Ingrid Jonker into songs. We play a few selections from the album in-between our usual banter and even manage to slip in some facts and information. So, after the show, keep an eye out for “Die Kind Is Nog Jonger”, a double-CD introducing one of South Africa’s most famous poets to a new generation.

In this episode we feature:

  • Nelson Mandela
  • Stefan Strydom and Gert Vlok Nel
  • Robbi Robb and Amritakripa
  • Falling Mirror
  • Ivan Kadey
  • The CapTn feat Julie Hartley
  • The McClones
  • Terminatryx
  • Inge Beckmann
  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Radio Rats
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • Michael Flek

If you enjoyed this taste of the album, why not buy it online from CD Baby or iTunes, or find it on CD in-store (in South 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.

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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S04E13 – Rock The Vote!

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Well, August 3rd is a public holiday in South Africa because it is municipal election day, so we decided to compile a show of political-themed songs for you to listen to while you wait in line to exercise your democratic right to vote.

In this episode, we feature:

  • 2016 Municipal Election Song
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • The Malopoets
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • David Kramer
  • Polstar
  • Pops Mohammed
  • Anton Goosen
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka

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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S04E12 – Play CD Pokemon Go!

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With the Pokemon Go craze in full swing, Leon and Brett decide there’s an even greater challenge: finding some of South Africa’s most elusive CDs! Let us know if you’ve spotted any of these and money may change hands! This show features some genuine rarities – even though some were big hits. They also uncover a recording from Barney “The Skin” Simon’s show on 5FM from more than 20 years ago! Happy hunting!

This episode features:

  • Gecko Moon
  • The Led
  • Occam’s Razor
  • B-World
  • Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje
  • MarcAlex
  • Karoo
  • Zim Ncqawana
  • Juluka
  • Lithium

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

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

S04E11 – The ‘Modern’ Show

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Leon and Brett have been feeling their age lately, so decided to do a show of new – and newish – music rather than the classics or anything from their favourite era, the 1980-90s. So, putting the hip back into hip-replacement and the hop back into “oh my back hurts’, get down and enjoy the next 60 minutes of some thoroughly modern South African music!

In this episode, we feature:

  • Matthew Mole
  • Locnville
  • Ringo Madlingozi
  • Lira
  • DJ Cleo
  • Freshly Ground
  • HHP, Teargas and Liquideep
  • Malaika
  • Mandoza
  • Francois van Coke & Karen Zoid
  • Black Coffee (with Nakhane Toure)

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

S04E10 – Common Censorship Show

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The recent row over the disgraceful culture of censorship gripping the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) got Leon and Brett thinking about how so very little has changed at the corporation since the dark days of apartheid. It seems the power of a state-controlled media conglomerate has corrupted the present new as much as the old. But as always, South Africans aren’t ready to take this kak lying down and the fight has been taken to the very car park of the institution. Here are some tunes banned in the the past to keep you toyi-toying in the present…. right up to Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s door.

This episode features:

  • Johannes Kerkorel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band
  • Roger Lucey
  • Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
  • Mzwake Mbule
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Anton Goosen
  • David Kramer
  • Prophets Of Da City
  • Stimela

And here’s that POC video we mentioned in the show:

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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S04E09 – Fantasy Concert #1

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Leon and Brett create a fantasy festival of music featuring choice live cuts by ten great South African performers mixed into a virtual concert.

This episode features:

  • Ella Mental
  • Vusi Mahlasela & Louis Mhlanga
  • Jeremy Loops (feat.Motheo Moleko)
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Lucky Dube
  • Trevor Rabin
  • Ringo (feat. Busi Mhlongo)
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Urban Creep
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

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