Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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S02E22 – 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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