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S07E01 – A New Season

Leon & Brett return for a new season of ‘Tune Me What?’, the podcast bringing you the very best of South African music. Join us for another series of great music from the southern tip of Africa, from all genres and all eras, for all tastes, with a generous dose of ‘kakpraat’ in the mix.

In this episode we feature:

  • The Medicine Dolls
  • Flash Republic
  • Hip Hop Pantsula
  • Daniel Haaksman & Spoek Mathambo
  • African Jazz Pioneers
  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Nakhane
  • Mauritz Lotz
  • Petit Cheval
  • Steve Kekana

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

S06E27 – New Year’s Eve Tripple-Header

Leon and Brett get into the New Year Party mood with some new and classic South African tunes you can dance to.

This week we feature

  • Boo!
  • PJ Powers & HHP
  • Mango Groove
  • Lucky Dube
  • Via Afrika
  • eVoid
  • Anna Wolf
  • Bye Beneco
  • Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
  • Boerekwella
  • Soul Brothers
  • Jack Parow

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

S06E26 – The Young Ones

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Brett and Leon challenge each other to remember when they were part of the great unwashed, when they like countless Rhodes students in the 80s were like Neil from The Young Ones. When life revolved around Tassies, politics and music, but mainly music, or mainly Tassies, depending on who you ask. But as usual, in-between the kakpraat is some great South African music.

This episode features:

  • Eric Van Der Westen & Louis Mhlanga
  • Jack Parow
  • Andre Le Toit
  • Die Radio Kalaharii Orkes
  • The Leather Omnibus
  • Burt Kaempfert
  • Chris Letcher,
  • The Dirty Skirts
  • Cherry Faced Lurchers,
  • Fetish

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

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.

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

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.

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

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