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.
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