S05E26 – The Power of PJ

The indomitable PJ Powers – known affectionately to many of her fans as Thandeka – is in the UK as part of her current tour and took time out of her frantic schedule to sit down with Tune Me What?. She tells us about her book, her charity work and of course her music. As a special treat, we also get to hear a preview of her brand new single, as well as some of her personal favourite South African tunes.

In this episode we feature:

  • PJ Powers
  • Hotline
  • Steve Kekana
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Bright Blue
  • Johnny Clegg

Be sure to check out Khulisa Social Solutions (Khulisa), the charity PJ supports and see how you can help them out with their excellent work.

For information about PJ’s concerts, click here.

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  • Roger Seldon

    Hotline was a fantastic rockin’ cover band I saw at The Killarney Hotel in Durban. I was very impressed and happy PJ and the band achieved an escape out of that trap into the world of original pop music. And great to hear Steve Kekana’s voice again. A cassette of his album was on permanent play when I was a new driver, till a friend of mine exclaimed ‘what is this shit’, pushed eject and through it out the window in disgust. We lived in such a weird divided world.

    • Leon Lazarus

      One hopes that some lucky soul found the tape and loved the music. Thanks for sharing that Roger. If you want more backstory on Hotline, give the interview we did with Alistair Coakley a listen. It’s a hoot and he effusively spills the beans on the bands career arc.