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S04E22 – I Hear Drums!

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They’re the keepers of the beat, the disturbers of the peace, and the butt of jokes, but among them are some of South Africa’s finest musicians and composers. This week, despite some irresistible ribbing, Leon and Brett celebrate the guys with the most kit to carry, the okes who know their traps from their snares – the drummers! The beat is on!

In this episode we feature:

  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • The Leather Omnibus
  • Joseph Toro
  • Barry Van Zyl
  • Feya Faku
  • Van Poll – Young – Gontsana
  • Al Paton’s African Drumming
  • Steve Howells
  • Danny De Wet and the Lowveld Garage Band
    Baba Shimbambo
  • Vusi Khumalo
  • Amampondo
  • Mango Groove

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

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In this episode we used some free sound effects from http://www.freesfx.co.uk

S04E21 – Lekker Kiff Jol, My China!

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Ever wondered what your crazy South African neighbour or co-worker means when he or she goes on about the ‘jol’ they went to after the ‘braai’? Maybe they chirp ‘lekker’ or ‘kiff’ when you tell them some good news – like you’ve brought a ‘zol’ to bounce? Leon and Brett provide a handy glossary to understanding South African English with a cracking soundtrack to match!

In this episode we feature:

  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • The Kereles
  • African Jazz Pioneers
  • Jaers Broers
  • Satanic Dagga Orgy
  • BLK JKS
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Abdullah Ibrahim
  • Tony Cox
  • The Kiffness
  • Soul Brothers
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Die Radio Kalahari Orkes
  • Arthur

Remember, if you’re looking for a lekker kiff jol in London in November, the Springbok Nude Girls are playing at the Clapham Grand on Saturday 5th November!

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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

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Remastered Reruns

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As part of our process to migrate back episodes from the first two seasons of the show to Mixcloud, we’re taking the opportunity to remaster them where possible to bring them up to spec with the better equipment and skills we have acquired since starting the show back in 2013. Today we bring you three such resurrected episodes from our second series. Our long-time listeners will be able to enjoy them again with better sound, and our new friends will have the opportunity to catch up. We certainly enjoyed listening to the shows again after a couple of years.

The three shows latest shows to be remastered and moved to Mixcloud are:

S04E20 – Alone they were great, but when they made music together jaws dropped!

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In this episode we celebrate the coming together of great musicians and singers. When brilliant solo artists join together as collaborators some great music can come out of the partnership. Sometimes it is a one-off event, and sometime the partnership endures or is periodically reconvened. Whatever the case, there are a lot of fantastic records to enjoy in this week’s show when Party A of the first part joins Party B of the second part in contracts and on stage!

In this episode we feature:

  • Penelope and Jabba Project
  • Robb & Pott
  • Syd Kitchen and Madala Kunene
  • Darius Brubeck & Deepak Ram
  • Vusi Mahlasela & Louis Mhlanga
  • Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart
  • Valiant Swart en Ollie Viljoen
  • Van Der Want – Letcher
  • Gito Baloi & Nibs van der Spuy
  • Steve Newman & Tony Cox
  • Abdullah Ibrahim & Johnny Dyani

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

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S04E19 – Robin Auld Live @ Tune Me What? [US]

SA music legend Robin Auld took some time out of his UK tour to pop into Tune Me What?’s London studio. Over cups of tea – naturally – Robin chatted to Brett about life on the road, the state of the music industry, the SABC’s controversial local music quota, and a bit about his history and influences, punctuated by spinning a few records. But the best was yet to come! Robin brought along his trusty acoustic guitar and put on an exclusive live performance for Tune Me What? listeners! He played a few of his own tunes and even threw in a couple of impromptu covers of songs by two of his favourite SA songwriters – which just happen to be TMW’s too!

So sit back for this special 90 minute episode with Robin Auld in conversation and in concert!

  • Robin Auld
  • Z-Astaire
  • Lancaster Band
  • Ard Matthews & Vusi Mahlasela
  • Philip Tabane And Malombo
  • Izimpigog

Check out http://robinauld.co.za or Robinauldmusic for details of his UK shows this month.

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

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S04E19 – Robin Auld Live @ Tune Me What?

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SA music legend Robin Auld took some time out of his UK tour to pop into Tune Me What?’s London studio. Over cups of tea – naturally – Robin chatted to Brett about life on the road, the state of the music industry, the SABC’s controversial local music quota, and a bit about his history and influences, punctuated by spinning a few records. But the best was yet to come! Robin brought along his trusty acoustic guitar and put on an exclusive live performance for Tune Me What? listeners! He played a few of his own tunes and even threw in a couple of impromptu covers of songs by two of his favourite SA songwriters – which just happen to be TMW’s too!

So sit back for this special 90 minute episode with Robin Auld in conversation and in concert!

NOTE TO USA LISTENERS: Owing to regional licensing restrictions which do not allow multiple sequential tracks by a single artist, our Mixcloud stream may not work. If not, this episode is mirrored on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/7cgIGqoZJTs

In this episode we feature:

  • Robin Auld
  • Z-Astaire
  • Lancaster Band
  • Ard Matthews & Vusi Mahlasela
  • Philip Tabane And Malombo
  • Izimpigog

Check out http://robinauld.co.za or Robinauldmusic for details of his UK shows this month.

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

S04E18 – The Sex Tape

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Leon and Brett produce a bit of a carry-on in the Tune Me What studio as they bring another hour of great South African music. This week, it’s all about sex, with a dozen songs or so to get your mojo working.

In this episode we feature:

  • Pressure Cookies
  • MarcAlex
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Spoek Mathambo
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Mig21
  • King Ink
  • Naked
  • Troye Sivan
  • Nakhane Toure
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Fun fact: Did you know that archetypal Cockney funnyman Sid James (featured above in this week’s show graphic) was actually South African? Yup! The late Sid James  was born Solomon Joel Cohen in Hillbrow on 8 May 1913.

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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S04E17 – The Flip-Flop Show

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What if the world hadn’t bothered with Radiohead’s tired and dull new album and had discovered the brilliant Nakhane Toure’s “Brave Confusion” instead? It could still happen of course! And it should! In this boundary-breaking episode, Leon and Brett nod in the direction of famous international bands and then flip them for a South African band or artist you’ll love if you like that. South Africa is a vast reserve of new music waiting to be discovered. We’re sinking a shaft right here so get prospecting!

In this episode we feature:

  • Matthew Mole
  • Locnville
  • Black Coffee
  • Shortstraw
  • Lithium
  • Petite Cheval
  • John Wizards
  • The Anti Retro Vinyls
  • Dan Patlansky
  • Kongos
  • Lucky Dube
  • Nakhane Toure

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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South African podcast stirs Rodriguez controversy

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Shocking distortions in award-winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man” exposed

Searching For Sugar Man, the Oscar-winning documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul “distorts facts and fabricates events” according to the well-known podcast series about South African music, “Tune Me What?”

In a controversial episode of the show, hosts Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus welcomed guest Professor Michael Drewett of Rhodes University in Grahamstown for a discussion about how the scripted narrative of the movie has distorted South African musical history at the expense of South African artists.

Professor Drewett is an international expert on censorship in music and a keen historian of South African alternative and protest music during the anti-apartheid struggle.

While making a point of stressing that Rodriguez – famous for such songs as ‘Sugar Man’ and ‘I Wonder’ – never made the claim himself, Prof Drewett noted that contrary to the films claims, Rodriguez was never banned in South Africa and certainly was not a leading anti-apartheid voice in music. In fact, some scenes in the movie were faked.

“The decision to discuss the fictional narrative in the movie was taken because we felt many aspects of it were creeping into historical records as fact,” said co-presenter Brett Lock. “For example, the wikipedia entry for the film claims that Rodriguez was a banned artist and that ‘harsh censorship’ made it impossible for South Africans to find out about him, while his own wikipedia entry claims that some of his songs served as anti-Apartheid anthems. None of this is true, and yet through repetition it is increasingly regarded as fact!”

Leon Lazarus noted that one of the effects of these myths is to “rob those South African musicians who made a real commitment to democratic change and opposition to apartheid of their rightful place.. and hand the mantle, undeservedly, to Rodriguez.”

Opinion on the show’s Facebook page was passionately divided between fans of Rodriguez and those who shared the view that Searching For Sugar Man did a disservice to the truth about the real musical heroes of the alternative scene in the 1970s and 80s such as Juluka, Roger Lucey, David Kramer, National Wake, the Asylum Kids, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Jennifer Ferguson, Kalahari Surfers, and others, all of whom are featured in the 90 minute show.

Ironically, the podcast was started 4 years ago after the presenters noticed people entranced by ‘unique’ story of a singer who was “huge in South Africa” but virtually unknown anywhere else. “We knew that this seemingly remarkable story was far from unique: It was the story of thousands of South African musicians – legends in their own country, but unknown to the world,” they said.

Their efforts in spreading the word about South African music to an international audience were rewarded when Esquire Magazine listed “Tune Me What?” as an “essential podcast”.

The show is available online at: http://www.tunemewhat.com

Further discussion is encouraged at: https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat/

S04E16 – Getting Over Sugarman

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Did the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching For Sugarman” make things up and distort facts to the point where international audiences got a false impressing of the South African music scene? Did they make Rodriguez an undeserving hero at the cost of local South African musicians? With their special guest, music sociologist Michael Drewett, Brett & Leon reveal the scandalous truth about Malik Bendjelloul’s ‘fake-umentary’.

In this episode we feature:

  • Roger Lucey
  • National Wake
  • David Kramer
  • Edi Niederlander
  • Kalahari Surfers
  • Juluka
  • James Phillips
  • Mzwakhe Mbuli
  • Jennifer Ferguson
  • Bright Blue
  • Just Jinger

Check out Michael Drewett’s other project about censorship and South African music, Cutting Grooves.

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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In this episode we used some free sound effects from http://www.freesfx.co.uk