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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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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The Load Shedding Show

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Non South Africans will be confused by the use of this mysterious phrase “load shedding”. It is in fact a euphemism employed by the country’s electricity giant (though the ‘giant’ may turn out to be merely someone of less than average height standing on a box) for its ongoing series of rolling power cuts. We think they figure if they call it something uniquely South African, South Africans will grow used to it – and, maybe even proud of it. After all, “Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Eskom shedding the load…” sounds vaguely positive!

But there is no escaping the reality that in cities and town around the country, the electricity goes off for hours at a time when you least expect it – the Eskom-published “schedules” merely adding insult to injury (of which there are many as people try to get on with life in the dark).

So… we at Tune Me What? – sitting pretty in London and San Diego respectively, where governments would fall if the lights went out for more than 10 minutes every decade – have done a solidarity and sympathy show of some great UNPLUGGED South African music. So, candles lit, coals fired up, batteries to hand… here’s 60 minutes of electricity-free music!

We feature tunes by:

  • Amampondo
  • Chris Letcher
  • Fokofpoliesiekar
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Johannes Kerkorrel & Die Gereformeerde Blues Band
  • Larry Strelitz
  • Michael Flek
  • Mouers Family
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Syd Kitchen
  • Tony Cox
  • Vusi Mahlesela & Louis Mhlanga
  • Woodstock Mafia

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

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With a Woman’s Touch….

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After a few shows a little heavy on the testosterone, Leon and Brett thought it might be an idea to tidy up a bit, behave (well, they tried), and spin a few discs by some of South Africa’s brilliant female artists, so we have our traditional mix of rock, jazz, rave, and more, music that can only be classed as uniquely South African!

We feature the music of:

  • Clout
  • Ellamental
  • Fetish
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Karma
  • Leslie Rae Dowling
  • Mahotella Queens
  • Miriam Makeba
  • The Mothers
  • Simphiwe Dana
  • Tshedi Mholo

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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The Geography Show

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In this episode, Leon and Brett spin a few records that were inspired by places in South Africa, as they go on a musical road trip. As David Kramer once said, “the people write themselves onto the land and the land writes itself onto the people,” so with that in mind let’s hop into our virtual conveyance of choice and visit a few tuneful spots around a country that have inspired sounds to match its scenery…

We feature music by:

  • African Jazz Pioneers
  • Anton Goosen
  • Beeskraal
  • Bongo Maffin
  • High Society (aka Deep Fried Man)
  • Jack Parrow
  • Jo’burg City Stars
  • John Wizards
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Trans.Sky

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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The e.p. Show

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This show is a tribute to that fading cultural artefact, the CD E.P… its slimline jewel case and awkward cardboard insert is disappearing, a victim of the Internet age where bands easily distribute online via iTunes downloads and Spotify streaming.

However, for some bands, the humble e.p. represented some of their best work, and in the case of many South African bands, their only recorded output.

In this show, we feature:

  • Amersham
  • BLK JKS
  • Ethel My Love
  • The Led
  • Lithium
  • One Large Banana
  • Sons of Trout
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Van Der Want/Letcher
  • Wonderboom

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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Birfday Show

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It was Leon’s birthday – the last “in his 40s” – so obviously Brett (two years behind) had to take the mickey (or twist the knife, depending on how you look at it) with a playlist of songs about getting long in the tooth… and some hard party tracks thrown in!

So, you know what they say – let’s party!! (Of course, these days this means throwing in some mellow jazz as well so we can all catch our breath…)

 In this episode we future the music of:

  • Amersham
  • The Bats
  • Bheki Mseleku
  • Dirty Skirts
  • Falling Mirror
  • Harari
  • Hip Hop Pantsula
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Motswafrika
  • Qcumba Zoo
  • Wild Youth

We also played a new track by Matthew v.d. Want which is for sale on Bandcamp for $2 and all the proceeds are going towards a fundraiser for a musician who needs urgent medical care. Check out Matthew’s BANDCAMP page for details.

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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