Monthly Archives: April 2015

Immigrant Songs

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S3E04 – Immigrant Songs by Tune Me What? on Mixcloud

At Tune Me What? we wanted to add our voices to the protests against xenophobia and racism with a special programme devoted to playing those South African artists who are themselves immigrants and whose music now forms part of the rich tapestry of South African culture!

This week’s nasty racist attacks on immigrants in South Africa – the so-called “xenophobic violence” resulted in chilling echoes of the Cultural Boycott of the 1970s and 80s. Radio stations in Zambia stopped playing South African music and artists had their international tours called off. As understandable as it is that people in other countries want to send a message to South Africans – particularly those civic leaders behind inciting the violence and politicians reluctant and slow to act – it is grossly unfair that blameless artists are, once again, punished.

We think that it is fair to say that most South Africans deplore the attacks on refugees and immigrants from other countries in Africa who look to South and the outpouring of protest is heartening.

In this episode we CELEBRATE the music of:

  • Claire Johnston (Mango Groove)
  • Dorethy Masuka
  • eVoid
  • Gito Baloi
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • Johnny Clegg
  • Lionel Bastos
  • Louis Mhlanga
  • Ray Phiri (Stimela)
  • Sankomota
  • Simba Mori
  • Tony Cox

Of course, there are a great many more musicians in South Africa who are immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants and our musical heritage wouldn’t be nearly as rich without them.

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?!

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

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

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The Love Episode

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S3E03 – The Love Episode by Tune Me What? on Mixcloud

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

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?!

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

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

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It’s A Free Country

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S3E02 – It’s A Free Country by Tune Me What? on Mixcloud

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

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?!

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

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

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A New Season!

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S3E01 – A New Season! by Tune Me What? on Mixcloud

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

But most importantly, if you enjoy the show, tell your friends about Tune Me What?!

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

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

Trouble using the player? DOWNLOAD the show.