The Love Episode

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Well, it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the added warmth has made us all sentimental and soppy… therefore it is the right time to do an episode of love songs! We’re all grown ups here, so discover what “BMW” really stands for, lights some candles, and tune in for another episode of great, hearts-aflutter South African music!

In this episode, we feature:

  • Jan Blohm
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Klopjag
  • Letta Mbulu
  • Lucky Dube
  • Rabbitt
  • Tim Parr
  • Valiant Swart
  • Van Coke Cartel
  • Zakes Bantwini

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It’s A Free Country

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Owing to a gracious friend of the show, Leon was lucky enough to get tickets when the Twenty Years of Freedom show hit Los Angeles. It featured some of our favourite artists including Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo so we’ve built a show around it!

Of course, it wouldn’t be Tune Me What? without a few new discoveries, so there’s something for everyone in another jam-packed hour of South African music.

This week we feature:

  • Derick Watts & The Kifness (feat. Jack Parow)
  • Hot Water (feat. Donovan Copley)
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Reason
  • Soweto String Quartet
  • Vusi Mahlasela

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A New Season!

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Well, we’re so stoked to be back with a THIRD season of Tune Me What?!

Once again, we aim to bring you a weekly show featuring some of the best music – past and present –  made by South Africans wherever they find themselves. Whether you’re a South African in SA lamenting the lack of local media support for our music, or you find yourself somewhere else in the world missing the sounds of home, we hope we can enjoy each other’s company for an hour a week.

A special welcome to our international listeners who don’t know much about South African music but want to find out more about this treasure trove of sound.

In this episode, we feature music from:

  • Baba Shibambo
  • Jabula
  • Julian Laxton
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Matthew Mole
  • Scooters Union
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Trevor Rabin
  • Underground Press

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

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Happy New Year!

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We’re very happy to bring you a 100-minute Tune Me What? special to mark the New Year. We let our hair down and play some of the greatest South African party music.

It was a very special show for us because for the first time we were in the same studio, in the same time zone! We had a blast, as you’ll hear from the unedited and goonish back-announcing!

So! Happy New Year, from us at Tune Me What and we hope to catch up with you soon with a brand new season!

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We’re on a break!

The Second Season of Tune Me What? has ended and we’re now on a break. We will be back with a super end of year special, before starting our Season Three in 2015.

In the meantime, please enjoy the 60+ shows we have archived here.

Second Season Sunset Show

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Well, it’s the last show of the season, so Leon & Brett indulge themselves with whatever catches their fancy, including some tunes from some old friends and – as a special event – Brett gives a sneak-peak of his new album with current band The Sighs of Monsters who have remade a song first performed by the, er, ‘legendary’ Leather Omnibus.

In all it’s a bitter-sweet show as we say goodbye until next season… well, almost goodbye because Tune Me What? will be back for a bumper New Year’s Party special in late-December! Keep an eye out for details!

In this episode, we feature the music of:

  • Anton Goosen
  • Black Coffee
  • Jo Edwards
  • JoBurg City Stars
  • Johnny Clegg and Savuka
  • Mahlatini and The Mahotella Queens
  • N. D. Hotshots
  • One Large Banana
  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Slo Foot King Brothers
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Zinkplaat

Brett’s band – The Sighs of Monsters – which featured in this how, released their first single the day after this show came out. Here it is:

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The ‘Not Sure Where To Look’ show

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After an exhausting series of special themed and extended shows, Leon & Brett decide to take it easy and play whatever the hell they feel like, so it’s an eclectic mixed bag of some more great music from South Africa.

This episode features the music of:

  • Al Bairre
  • Bojo Mujo
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Erik Windrich
  • Gito Baloi
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • Matthew Mole
  • Naming James
  • Plush
  • Shortstraw

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

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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

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

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