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S06E24 – Tjoons ‘n’ Kakpraat

Leon and Brett are back from their break with 75 minutes of tjoons and kak-praat, bringing you some of the best of South African music and jabbering about life, the universe and everything from Spur burgers to annoying subtitles.

In this episode we feature

  • Lithium
  • Wild Youth
  • Bernoldus Niemand
  • Lone Hill Estate
  • Nakhane
  • Ringo
  • Tailor
  • Refentse
  • S Dyer & B Mokhiti
  • Harari

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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S06E23 – The Roaring 40s

In this special extended episode, Leon and Brett dig deep into the archives to see what they can dredge up from one of the most neglected decades: the 1940s. For half the decade, the world was at war, and the Gallo record company only established itself at the end of the decade, but still music was everywhere – whether in service of emerging cultures or just to help people forget the troubles of the world in turmoil. Not much music survives because not much was recorded, we hope we’ve found enough to make an interesting and enjoyable 90-minute show!

This episode features:

  • The Manhattan Brothers
  • Sophtown Cool Seven
  • Abafana Flute Jive
  • The Mississippi Brothers
  • The V Dolls
  • The Mighty Queens
  • Kid Ma Wrong Wrong
  • Alfred Dlezi & Dlamini
  • Cornelius Hendrik Susan (feat. Jan Swart)
  • Freddie Fischer
  • David De Lange
  • Josef Marais
  • The Dundee Wandering Singers (AKA Zulu Champions),
  • Herman Magwaza & Caleb Chamane
  • Gumede’s Concertina Band

Be sure to check out both ILAM (the International Library of African Music), who have archived much of Hugh Tracey’s recordings, and the Soul Safari blog, which is a wealth of information.

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

S06E22 – The Zol Brothers Show

They say that making good policy requires compromise – a bit of ‘kief and toke’ as they say. In this spirit, the South African Constitutional Court has not quite fully legalised dagga, but they have ruled that it should no longer be considered it a crime to grow for personal use or smoke marijuana at home and in private. The Court has given lawmakers a timetable to weed out the law to comply. Of course, Leon and Brett could not help passing the roach and putting together another high-brow episode of Tune Me What? to mark the occasion. So tune in, drop out, but don’t leave any burn marks on our furniture. #browns

In this episode we roll up:

  • Satanic Dagga Orgy
  • Bernoldus Nieman
  • Oom Hansie
  • TranSky
  • Jim Neversink
  • Tony Cox
  • Johannes Kerkorrel
  • BLK JKS
  • Nick Taylor
  • Van Der Want / Letcher
  • Farmer Brian & DJ Dope

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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S06E21 – Biltong From Potroast

With politicians, it’s hard to know if they’re dancing with you or dancing at you, but British Prime Minister Theresa May could not stop her feet moving to South African music during her state visit last week. However, not every British export to South Africa has two left feet. Today’s show celebrates those artists born in Blighty, but whose musical roots burrowed deep into the African soil. You might say – borrowing from that vintage TV show – they were born a potroast, but the African sun made them entirely biltong!

In today’s show, we feature:

  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka
  • Mango Groove
  • The Helecopters
  • Wild Youth
  • Amersham
  • Squeal
  • The Bats
  • Jeremy Taylor
  • Duncan Mackay
  • David Abbate

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

S06E20 – The Fusion Show

In this episode, Leon & Brett explore some of the interesting fusions of different music explored by South African musicians, so if you’re keen to discover some marabi-infused pop, or some mbaqanga-infused reggae, or – dare we say – some boeremusiek-infused kwela, with some jazz, heavy metal, and more thrown into the various mixes, then this is the show for you!

In this episode we feature:

  • Errol Dyers
  • Freshlyground
  • Tananas
  • Hoh Hoggidy Hog
  • Assagai
  • Jack Parow
  • Reeburth
  • Qadasi
  • Mango Groove
  • Boerekwela
  • Juluka
  • Cape Town Tango Ensemble

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

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

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.

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