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S05E23 – The Mine Dump Show

South Africa was largely built on the mining industry and while it is obvious that this cast its shadow on politics and economics in the metaphorical sense and quite literally in cities where its great pits and dumps became part of the landscape it also had a huge impact on the music of South Africa. In this episode Leon and Brett explore some of the music that was born on the mines or inspired by the mines in another hour of some great South African music.

In this episode we feature:

  • Hugh Masekela
  • Nibs van der Spuy
  • Busi Mhlongo
  • The Manhattan Brothers
  • The Jazz Dazzlers
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Spokes Mashiyane
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Juluka
  • David Kramer
  • Virginia Gold Mine Compound  

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Photo credit: Laura SA, Wikipedia.

S05E22 – The Iced Zoo Biscuit Hour

This week Leon & Brett tuck into a packet of Iced Zoo biscuits (or ‘cookies’ to our American friends) and play some great South African music suggested by the animals on this quintessential South African confectionary. Of course, they can’t resist injecting some interesting wildlife trivia into their (usual barely-sane) banter and commentary. Join them for an hour of South African music and chit-chat – including topical debates of the day like “how to best eat an Iced Zoo” and “what’s really in a bunny chow?”.

In this show we feature:

  • Dear Reader
  • Amerhsam
  • Ethel My Love
  • The Blues Broers
  • Des & Dawn Lindberg
  • Bill Knight
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Rabbitt
  • Qadasi
  • Bye Beneco
  • Darius Brubeck Quartet

Here’s that old Occam’s Razor clip we promised:

Oh, and if icing-animals don’t do it for you, for some very good depictions of South African wildlife, check out artist Bowen Boshier’s magnificent work.

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S05E21 – Gary Rathbone Live @ Tune Me What?

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gary Rathbone joins Brett in Tune Me What?’s London studio for a special 100 minute episode. Fans of SA pop music will remember Gary from his chart-topping band The Spectres, while others may remember his alternative bands What Colours! and The Aeroplanes. The show features a live acoustic performance by Gary and some lively chat about the South African music scene in the 80s and 90s and – as usual – we pause to play a pile of records spanning Gary’s career and some of his favourite South African rock and pop artists.

This episode features:

  • Gary Rathbone
  • The Spectres
  • What Colours!
  • The Aeroplanes
  • Asylum Kids
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Phoning Jenny
  • Jim Neversink

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S05E20 – Africa Is Not A Genre

In this episode Leon and Brett talk about one of their pet peeves – that all South African music is lumped together as “world music” when in fact South African artists span a great many genres, including pop, rock, reggae, hip-hop, jazz, folk, country, fusion, punk… you name it. So here’s to South Africa’s amazing musical diversity!

In this episode, we feature:

  • Prime Circle
  • Tailor
  • Toya Delazy
  • Buddy Masango
  • Wild Youth
  • Blk Jks
  • Tumi & The Volume
  • Jimmy Dduldlu
  • Lucky Dube
  • Marcus Wyatt
  • Bev McGreggor

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S05E19 – A Mixed Bag

A mixed bag of a show – or to coin a phrase, a ‘checkers packet of a show – with new music by Gary Herselman’s new band Spook, news of a Syd Kitchen tribute show, while Max Hoba tune’s us something new, and much more featuring great South African music.

In this episode we feature:

  • Kongos
  • Spook
  • Zahara
  • Max Hoba
  • Swing City
  • The Genuines
  • Tshedi Mholo
  • Syd Kitchen
  • Tim Parr
  • Steve Newman

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S05E18 – Hellos & Goodbyes

In the first half of this episode, we reintroduce the “Tune Me Something New” spot which puts the spotlight on unsigned and independent bands new to Tune Me What? This week we feature The Plastics and Pravda. In the second half, we pay tribute to the late Errol Dyers, well-loved Cape Town jazz and goema guitarist who died earlier this month.

In this episode we feature:

  • Miriam Makeba
  • The Elite Swingsters
  • Ard Matthews
  • Just Jinger
  • Pravda
  • The Plastics
  • Errol Dyers
  • Robbie Jansen
  • Abdullah Ibrahim

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S05E17 – Tim Hopwood Live @ Tune Me What?


Brett meets the man some call ‘The Leonard Cohen of the Karoo’ – veteran photojournalist-turned-musician Tim Hopwood. Tim has just released his moody debut album – Songs of Love and Death – after singing his song on the Eastern Cape fold circuit for many years, but we twist his arm and get him to sing some of is “funny songs” in an exclusive Live @ Tune Me What performance. Tim has also brought his box of records – including some rare gems – and he and Brett dip in to his collection and  chat about his favourite South African music in this 100 minute special extended episode.

Check out Tim Hopwood’s website which features some rare photos of the Voelvry tour.

In this episode we feature:

  • Tim Hopwood
  • David Kramer
  • Anton Calitz
  • Dave Goldblum
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • Strange Little Man
  • Van der Want / Letcher
  • Bernoldus Niemand
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Megan du Toit
  • Fetish
  • Juluka 

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S05E16 – Remembering Ray Phiri


A special extended episode celebrating the life and work of the the late legendary South African guitarist Ray Phiri, featuring our special guest, his friend and fellow guitarists Alistair Coakley.

This episode features:

  • Ray Phiri
  • The Cannibals
  • Street Kids
  • Stimela
  • Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
  • Roger Lucey
  • Coyote
  • Harari 
  • Joan Baez
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Willie Nelson
  • Manu Dibango 
  • Mory Kante
  • Phil Manzanera

Photo of Ray Phiri by Bobbyshabangu

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.

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