Monthly Archives: May 2014

S02E13 – The Covers Show

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This week’s show is inspired by Die Lemme – which features former members of Die Gereformeerde Blues Band covering Johannes Kerkorrel’s song ‘Liefde’. They played on the original track back in 1989.  Standing in for the late Johnny K is Arno Carstens from the Springbok Nude Girls. We particularly like it when South African artists cover other South African tracks because, we think, it helps to establish a cannon of homegrown music. So, we devoted the show to artists paying tribute to their fellow South Africans.

In this episode we featured:

  • Die Lemme
  • Jack Parow
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Nico Carstens
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Soweto String Quartet
  • Tony Cox
  • Urban Creep
  • Van Der Want / Letcher
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • Wonderboom

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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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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S02E12 – Her Hand Around Our Hearts

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This week, as well as playing the usual assortment of tunes from South African artists, we debut the first in an occasional series of features on “Classic South African Albums”. The first is Jennifer Ferguson’s tremendous 1985 album, “Hand Around The Heart”.

In this week’s show, we feature the music of:

  • African Jazz Pioneers
  • Amampondo
  • Black Coffee
  • Hip Hop Pantsula
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Piet Botha
  • Robin Levetan
  • Savuka
  • Wonderboom

In the show we featured a cut from Hip Hop Pantsula’s concept album “Motswafrica” and, as promised, here is the ‘trailer’ video we mentioned:

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.

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat

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?!

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Two cats get hold of some records. You wouldn’t believe what happened next!

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Those two cats, Leon Lazarus and Brett Lock, get hold of a pile of South African records and spend the hour purring and playing another selection of  music from their home country.

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In this episode the artists featured are:

  • Johnny Clegg
  • Maleh
  • Patricia Majalisa
  • Skeleton
  • Jeremy Loops
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Tasha Baxter
  • Chris Chameleon
  • Pressure Cookies
  • Karen Zoid
  • The Parlotones
  • Marta Nel

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.

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat

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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It’s Our Birthday!

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Leon and Brett celebrate the first birthday of Tune Me What? with a show full of party and celebration-themed tracks from South Africa. From sakkie-sakkie to hip-hop, the tjoons keep coming as the hosts clink their glasses to one year of yada-yadering about the awesomeness of South African music.

In this week’s show, we feature the music of:

  • Zulu Spear
  • Amersham
  • Boerekwella
  • Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
  • Famous Curtain Trick 
  • Harari
  • Trevor Rabin
  • The Honeymoon Suites
  • Jabula
  • Skwatta Kamp 
  • Fokofpolisiekar
  • Urban Creep
  • African Treehouse

And introducing Sylvester Aklamavo.

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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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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Freshlyground banned from Zimbabwe

The regime of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe has banned South African band Freshlyground from touring the country. The president was angry that they mocked him in the video “Chicken for Change” which seems to criticise his stubborn clinging to power.

However, this has triggered a huge upsurge in views of their video on YouTube.

Freshlyground were, according to News24.com, due to play at the Harare International Festival of the Arts, but were refused entry at the country over inexplained ‘delays’ to the processing of their work permits.

“Chicken to Change” was originally released on the group’s celebrated “Radio Africa” album ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, following which the band decided not to include Zimbabwe in their 2011 world tour.

At the time, Freshlyground lead singer, Zolani Mahoba, told the exiled opposition newspaper, The Zimbabwean:

“We had wanted to tour Zimbabwe but it would not be a good idea to do so following the issues around the song. The song is about Mugabe who is opposed to change. He is chicken to change.”

Three years later, Mugabe is still too “chicken” to change, and has a long and spiteful memory.

 

Umqombothi

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In between occasional musing about a traditional South African beer and how to give American beef a world-food twist, Leon and Brett manage to spin yet another hour of great South African music. Jack Parow scores a Tune Me What? hat-trick.

In this week’s show, we feature the music of:

  • The Kerels
  • Amersham
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka
  • Pops Mohamed
  • One Large Banana
  • Nate Maingard
  • Mfiliseni Magubane
  • The South Brothers
  • Big Voice Jack Lerole
  • The Helicopters
  • Jack Parow & Valiant Swart

And introducing Andy Fisher.

Also, as mentioned in the show, go check out the work of artist, Bowen Boshier.

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.

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat

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?!

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

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