Category Archives: Episode

S06E16 – From Graceland To Gazankulu

Everyone knows Paul Simon’s Graceland album, but not many know another album was made by an American artist shortly afterwards using the same winning formula of blending American songwriting with South African music – collaborating with local South African artists in the studio and in the composition of new music. That artist was Harry Belafonte and the album was ‘Paradise In Gazankulu’. In today’s show we feature some of the artists who worked with Belafonte and his songwriter, Jake Holmes, to produce this gem of an album.

We feature:

  • Alistair Coakley (with Hotline)
  • The Soul Brothers
  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Vusi Khumalo
  • West Nkosi
  • Marks Mankwane and Makgona TsohleBand
  • Hilton Rosenthal and Bobby Summerfield (with Savuka)
  • Morris Goldberg
  • Brenda Fassie

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

S06E15 – South Africans Sing Dylan

Few doubt that Bob Dylan was one of the 20th century’s greatest songwriters, but to many his voice is an acquired taste, hence the many, many covers of his songs are frequently preferred to his originals, and for those who hate his voice, luckily there are no shortage of these. South African artists were as enthusiastic as any to cover his music and to make his songs their own in almost every popular South African genre. In this episode, ‘Tune Me What?’explores some of these. The great Miriam Makeba said of Dylan the he was “someone who wrote very profound and interesting songs.” We think this is absolutely true, so we hope you enjoy with us an hour of the words of Bob Dylan through the voices of South African artists.

This episode features:

  • David Kramer
  • Miriam Makeba
  • The Third Eye
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • The Dream Merchants
  • The Soweto Gospel Choir
  • Koos van der Merwe
  • John E Sharp & The Squires
  • Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
  • Tribe After Tribe
  • The Darius Brubeck Quartet

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

S06E14 – Stu, The Music Guru

This week, Brett sits down for a chat with Stu McLaren, director of Musigooroo, the promotions agency that brings many South African rock acts to London. Apart from being in management and promotion, Stu is a busy session drummer and a veteran of the SA rock scene of the late 90s and early 00s when his band Soulja enjoyed chart success. After moving to the UK, Stu formed The Shotguns with other SA expats and recorded an album in the famous Studio 2 at Abbey Road. Musigooroo has worked with many of the top names in SA rock: Springbok Nude Girls, Ard Matthews, Tailor, Boo! And many others, and Stu has some stories to tell, so join us for a special double-episode in which we play some ace music.

Subscribe to Musicgooroo for up-to-date info on gigs by South African artists in the UK.

In this week’s show we feature:

  • The Shotguns
  • Charisma
  • Cinema
  • Mango Groove
  • Pocket Lips
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Tananas
  • PBD
  • The Honeymoon Suites
  • Wonderboom
  • Egyptian Nursery
  • Soulja
  • Bright Blue
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Mafikizola
  • Robin Auld
  • Boo!
  • Tailor
  • Red Tape Riot

Check out some of Stu’s top-flight drumming:

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

S06E13 – The SatNav Show

In today’s show, Leon & Brett go where their musical SatNav takes them, down the streets, roads, avenues and boulevards of song. The show features the usual selection of great South African music from different genres and styles, and across the eras. So join us on a great musical road trip through South Africa. We’ve has packed the ‘padkos’. Buckle up!

In this episode we feature:

  • Tony Cox
  • Simphiwe Dana
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • The Jo’burg City Stars
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Roger Lucey
  • Lucas Maree
  • Baxtop
  • Cindy Alter
  • Felix Laband

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

S06E11 – A Show About Nothing

It’s a show about nothing! Well, to be fair, Brett & Leon manage to play 60 minutes of fantastic South African music while making gratuitous references to Seinfeld… but hey, any excuse to fill an hour with some great tunes by South African artists.

In this show, we feature:

  • The Jonny Cooper Orchestra
  • George Mathiba
  • David Kramer
  • Mean Mr Mustard
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • The Cherryfaced Lurchers
  • Prime Circle
  • Sugardrive
  • Shortstraw
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Peto

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

Please consider supporting the show by becoming a patron.

S06E10 – The Western Cape

After the enthusiastic response we got when we shared a video of some ous dancing to a kief groove in the Western Cape, we decided to do a whole programme featuring artists from the Western Cape. We hardly scratched the surface! But we hope you enjoy an hour of real South African music with us featuring some great artists from this part of the world.

This week’s show features:

  • Ringo Madlingozi
  • Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart
  • David Kramer & Jack Parow
  • Simon Van Geld Band
  • Melanie Scholtz
  • YOMA
  • Prophets Of Da City
  • Godessa
  • Rowick Deep & Auriol Hays
  • Fokofpolisiekar
  • The Genuines

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

Please consider supporting the show by becoming a patron.

S06E09 – Back To The Bioscope

In today’s episode, the Tune Me What? team go to the bioscope (that’s the cinema to non-South Africans) and play some tracks by South African artists featured in films. So grab some popcorn, peanuts and bubblegum and join us for an hour of South African music.

Today’s show features

  • The Cherry Faced Lurchers
  • Mandoza, Ringo & Avante
  • Hemelbesem
  • Temple Of Sound (feat Jo Legwabe)
  • Zola
  • Sjava
  • The Manhattan Brothers
  • Dorothy Masuka
  • Lira
  • Soweto String Quartet

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

Please consider supporting the show by becoming a patron.

S06E08 – The Spring Cleaning Show

Brett & Leon finally get round to some spring cleaning and play some of the great South African music that’s been cluttering up the desk waiting to be played. So with no fixed agenda, they present 60 minutes of some cool tjunes and funky vibes for your ‘getting down’ pleasure.

In this show we feature:

  • Boo!
  • Amber Liadan
  • 340ml
  • Mandoza
  • Colorfields
  • Arthur
  • The Dolly Rockers
  • Satanic Dagga Orgy
  • Musa Manzini
  • Bakithi Kumalo

And introducing  Miss Mell in our Tune Me Something New slot.

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

Please consider supporting the show by becoming a patron.

S06E07 – The Hi Ace Space Chase!

Annoyed that fellow South African Elon Musk sent a car into space without any local music on the stereo, the ‘Tune Me What?’ Crew have decided to kick-start the South African space programme by plotting to send a Hi Ace into space to chase after Musk’s chorrie. We expect to overtake the Tesla down the emergency lane between Alpha Centauri and Gliese 581. Of course our bus will be crammed full of kief SA tjunes on the 8-track, and today’s show will give you an idea of what we’ll be sending out there to disrupt the silence of space as we give chase! We already have an agent ready to delay Tesla’s dummy with offers of garden brooms and cell phone adapters by the robots at Tau Ceti.

Todays show features:

  • Radio Rats
  • Robin Auld
  • Valiant Swart
  • Jo Day
  • Asylum Kids
  • Soul Brothers
  • Hotline
  • Tony Cox
  • David Kramer & Taliep Peterson
  • Switchtalk

And introducing  An Awkward Social in our Tune Me Something New slot.

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

Please consider supporting the show by becoming a patron.

S06E06 – The Voetstoots Show

Today’s show is presented to you ‘voetstoots’. There are no guarantees other than that Brett and Leon do their best to present an hour of some really good South African music!

Today’s show features

  • Letta Mbulu
  • David Kramer
  • John Kongos
  • Focus
  • JImmy Dludlu
  • Nakhane
  • Heather Mac
  • Dan Patlansky,
  • Bheki Mseleku

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

Please consider supporting the show by becoming a patron.