Monthly Archives: July 2014

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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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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S02E19 – 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 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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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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S02E18 – 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

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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

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