We’re not going to Graceland

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No, we’re not going to Graceland… in this episode we’re staying home and spinning discs by some of the South African stars who contributed to Paul Simon’s iconic ‘Graceland’ album. Many people don’t realize that many of the artists on the album didn’t only contribute their performances, some contributed to the writing and many more were bona fide superstars in their own country before they met Paul Simon.

Graceland is indeed a gigantic and brilliant album and a tribute to Paul Simon’s genius, but he had a lot of help. Undoubtedly his name and the success of the project exposed the world to South African music and boosted the careers of the contributors, so let’s spend 90 minutes together – YES, it’s an extended show! – enjoying the music of:

  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Barney Rachabane
  • The Boyoyo Boys
  • General MD Shirinda
  • Isaac Mtshali & Bayete
  • Jonhson Mkhalali
  • Kintone (featuring Tony Cedras)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Mike Makhalemele
  • Morris Goldberg
  • Ray Phiri & Stimela
  • Vusi Khumalo

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Stranger on a Train

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Leon meets a random South African on a train journey from San Diego to LA… and it turns out to be the former bass player of Arapaho. And so we begin the journey there and steam through another hour of great South African music.

In this episode we feature the music of:

  • Arapaho
  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Chris Chameleon
  • Evoid
  • Hannes Coetzee
  • In Simple English
  • Kongos
  • Mbongeni Ngema
  • Slo Foot King Brothers
  • Steve Kekana
  • Thabong Melodeers

And introducing the fabulous multi-talented Xav.

As promised, that video by the extraordinary Hannes Coetzee and his teaspoon technique.


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South Africa’s Most Wanted!

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In this episode, the crime-fighting duo of Leon & Brett tackle South African musicians who have found themselves in tjoekie [the clink, porridge, the big house, the slammer, for our international listeners].

Yes, this notorious array of ne’er-do-wells have paid the ultimate price for their crimes and misdemeanors: they’ve been featured on Tune Me What? alongside Steve Hofmeyr!

Our team of forensic experts demonstrate that these scoundrels should spend less time getting records and more time making more great records.

In this episode we feature the felonious music of the following outlaws:

  • Arno Carstens
  • Donald Moatshe
  • Jack Parow
  • Kelly Khumalo
  • Khulekani “Mgqumeni”Khumalo” 
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • Sello “Chicco” Twala
  • Steve Hofmeyr
  • Watkin “Ninja” Jones

And we introduce the music of the fine upstanding citizen, Max-Hoba in our “Tune Me Something New” slot.

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Going Bos in the Bush

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Well, it’s hard to believe but it’s true. That dirty, dusty… thirsty celebration of South African music – the Oppikoppi festival – is 20 years old!

This weekend sees a massive celebration to mark the occasion. Unfortunately like many other South African music lovers around the world, we aren’t able to make it, so we thought we’d do the next best thing and devote an whole episode of Tune Me What? to some highlights recorded at Oppikoppi by a host of artists who have graced the stage there.

So please join us for an hour of great music and raise a glass of something cold to the amazing, unstoppable, brilliant festival of South African Music!

Happy birthday Oppikoppi! Long may you make a helluva lawaai in the bush! 

In this show we feature the music of:

  • aKING
  • Battery 9
  • Bittereinde
  • Joshua Grierson
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Lithium
  • Pressure Cookies
  • Thysis
  • Urban Creep
  • Valiant Swart
  • Zakes Bantwini

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Betcha didn’t know they were South African

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We’re everywhere! South African performers and musician pop up where you least expect it and have been part of some of the most reputable and respected international acts, from chart toppers to cult boppers, both on stage and behind the scenes.

In this show we feature the music of:

  • Anton Fig
  • Blondie Chaplin
  • Cherry Wainer
  • Dave Matthews
  • Duncan Faure
  • Manfred Mann
  • Ricky Fatar
  • Robbi Robb
  • Robert Schneider
  • Sid James
  • Trevor Rabin

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The Pretty Eclectic Indulgent Show

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In this episodes, Leon and Brett take it easy, and with no fixed agenda play some newish South African music mixed in with some old favourites.  So join them for another hour of sweet SA sounds and chatter.

In this show we feature the music of:

  • Abashante
  • Aeroplanes
  • Bayete
  • Big Idea
  • Cynosure
  • Farryl Purkiss
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Mr. Mac & the Genuines
  • Parlotones
  • Stimela
  • Vusi Mahlasela

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Durban’s Wild Youth

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In this special extended episode, we are joined by Michael Flek, frontman of the legendary Durban punk band, Wild Youth. Michael brought in his private collection of music and in between some classics, we are privileged to hear some rare demos and rehearsal recordings.

We chat about his past at the centre of the South African punk scene in the late 1970s and hear about some exciting re-releases on his record label Retrobution Records which has some fantastic rerecorded and remastered material from the time on offer. Afficionados should waste no time and visit their store for some very limited reissues.

Michael is back on the music scene having started a new band in London in the UK called Mig21. Check out some footage from their debut performance below:

In this episode we feature the music of:

  • Amampondo
  • The Asylaum Kids
  • Dead Babies
  • The Flames
  • Gay Marines
  • The Gents
  • Leopard
  • The Mystery Girls
  • Peach
  • Powerage
  • Riot Squad SA
  • Rotors
  • The System’s Crying
  • Via Africa
  • Wild Youth

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The Philately Show

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No “philately” isn’t something that’ll bring the vice squad, it’s all about postal stamps!

The South African Post Office has just released a series of ten stamps “Singing the praises of South African popular-music legends”, commemorating the lives of musicians who have contributed a great deal to the South African musical canon and to the wider society in which they lived. Sadly, none of them are with us any longer, but their music lives on for future generations to enjoy. While many lived to an old age and enjoyed their well-deserved recognition, some of them died poor and unrecognized in their own lifetimes. Sadly, two of them were murdered, victims of the country’s sometimes out-of-control crime rate.

But in this show Leon and Brett focus on the positive. So, if you’ve seen the stamps – perhaps you’ve even been lucky enough to get a letter with one on – and you’d like to know a little more about these musical giants and to hear some of their music, you’ll really enjoy this episode!

This episode ‘addresses’ the music of the late greats:

  • James Phillips: 1959-1995
  • Brenda Fassie: 1964-2004
  • Johannes Kerkorrel: 1960-2002
  • Lucky Dube: 1963-2007
  • Miriam Makeba: 1932-2008
  • Solomon Linda: 1909-1962
  • Spokes Mashiyane: 1933-1972
  • Simon Nkabinde: 1935-1999
  • Kippie Moeketsi: 1925-1983
  • Taliep Petersen: 1950-2006

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The Golden Episode

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Hooray! We’ve reached 50 episodes of Tune Me What? – it’s the Golden Episode!

When we started out on our mission to bring South African music to a wider audience in May last year we thought it would be fun reliving our old university radio show days and yakking about the music we both love. Obviously we hoped other people would feel the same and would get a kick out if it.

But it surpassed our expectations.

We have made new friends and even reconnected with some old ones through this show. We’ve expanded our own musical horizon by discovering so much more South African music than we imagined was out there, particularly by new and emerging artists but also by mining the rich legacy of music our home country has produced over the decades. Fifty shows! That’s more than two days of continual listening to some really awesome and undervalued music. We’re so pleased that you’ve joined us for some part of the journey.

Of course, all the episodes are archived here, so you can always dip back in. Most importantly, stick around for more adventures in South African sound – and tell your friends to join us. The ride continues.

In this show, we feature:

  • Amampondo
  • Bertha Egnos
  • Binary
  • Boerekwela
  • Golden Swallows
  • Goldfish
  • Hugh Masekela
  • John Kongos
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • The Kerels
  • Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart
  • Locnville (feat Matthew Gold)
  • Robin Auld

Our Gigs, Gossip & Grooves dates have now moved to the “Events” tab on the main menu. Check it out for South African artists playing and other events in your city.

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Clip Show #1

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This episode features some of the highlights of Season One of Tune Me What? As we approach our 50th show, you’re bound to enjoy hearing how we’ve developed! Remember, the old episodes are still available in full on iTunes and at right here at tunemewhat.com.

In this clip show, we revisit:

  • Asylum Kids
  • Baxtop
  • Bayside Blues Band
  • David Kramer
  • James Phillips & The Cherry Faced Lurchers
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Letta Mbulu
  • Nakhane Toure
  • Nick Moyake
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • Spokes Mashiyane
  • West Nkosi

Our Gigs, Gossip & Grooves dates have now moved to the “Events” tab on the main menu. Check it out for South African artists playing and other events in your city.

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