Monthly Archives: August 2018

S06E19 – A South African Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Like a lot of South Africans, we’re big fans of the music of Aretha Franklin who, when she was not singing, lent her voice to the civil rights movement both in her native United States but also in South Africa. She was a great supporter of Nelson Mandela. So – considering we’re a show that only really plays South African music – we came up with our own way of honouring Ms Franklin who died yesterday. Today’s show features a great many of the songs she had hits with or made famous as interpreted by a wide range of South African artists, from hard rockers to a cappella choirs. We hope you’ll join us in paying tribute to this music legend.

This episode features:

  • The Flames
  • Margaret Singana
  • The Soweto Gospel Chior
  • Dan Patlansky
  • Freedom’s Children
  • Underground Press
  • Township Soul Inc.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

If you’d like to hear the Aretha Franklin originals, we’ve compiled a YouTube playlist as a companion to this episode of Tune Me What?.

Also check out: Trevor Noah remembers the life and music of Aretha Franklin.

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

S06E18 – A Women’s Day Celebration

‘Tune Me What?’ was thrilled to receive an invitation to celebrate South African Women’s day at the South African consulate in Los Angeles and Leon was doubly honoured to be asked to provide a playlist for the Consul, Mrs. Danielle DeBruyn Grady and her guests. Obviously we’re incredibly chuffed that our work in promoting South African music has not gone unnoticed. To share something of the occasion, here is just a sample of the playlist Leon took along with him featuring the voices of some truly exceptional South African women.

In today’s show we feature

  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • Godessa
  • Dolly Rathebe
  • Durban City Queens
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Toya Delazy
  • Lira
  • Ella Mental
  • Little Sister
  • Jennifer Ferguson

And introducing PRAVDA in our ‘Tune Me Something New‘ spot.

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

S06E17 – Poetry In Motion

In today’s show Leon and Brett talk about South African poems and poets that have have contributed to some great music. From poets who have decided to turn their poems into music, to songwriters and composers who have turned to the words of some of the country’s greatest poets for lyrical inspiration, we investigate this fruitful cross-pollination of art forms, and as usual, bring you some of the best in South African music.

In today’s show, we feature poets and musicians, including:

  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Ingrid Jonker
  • Chris Chameleon
  • Eugene Marais
  • Laurinda Hofmeyr
  • Lesego Rampolokeng
  • The Kalahari Surfers
  • Larry Strelitz
  • Robert Berold
  • David Chislett
  • Shannon Hope
  • Matthew van der Want
  • Gert Vlok Nel
  • Paul Mealor
  • Breyton Breytenbach
  • Guy Buttery

Check out the English translation of Gert Vlok Nel’s poemBeautiful in Beaufort Wes” and also David Chislett’s poetry project.

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