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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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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

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S05E15 – Tune Me What Goes Clubbing

Brett and Leon blow the dust of their turntables and do the DJ thing with a big D and a capital J, and proudly present an hour-long dance music set featuring some of the best South African music to get down to on the dance floor. We know its not summer in the South, but this set will get you hot and sweaty – and that’s no animal nitrate! Rave on!!

In this episode, we feature

  • The Mothers
  • Goldfish
  • Felix Laband
  • Abdullah Ibrahim
  • The Sighs of Monsters
  • Zakes Bantwini
  • DJ Cleo
  • Black Coffee
  • 7ft Soundsystem
  • Hello Beautiful

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S05E14 – The Comic Show

When Leon and Brett were growing up, there were no South African superheroes and they looked to American characters, like Superman, Spiderman and, er, Archie, to capture their imaginations. Today, ‘Gold City’ has its own local superheroes like Kwezi, who reflect South African culture. In today’s show, we chat about comics and play some cracking tunes inspired by Superheroes or give us something to talk about as we nerd out in another episode of Tune Me What?!

In todays show we feature

  • Radio Rats
  • Sons of Trout
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • The Bats
  • Lancaster Band
  • Q Zoo
  • Matthew vd Want
  • King Ink
  • Crimson House
  • Steve Newman & Tony Cox
  • Louis Mhlanga
  • Scabie Annie

Check out the first edition of Kwezi for free online here.

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S05E13 – The Arty-Farty Show

Don’t panic, it’s just another Grahamstown Festival show! This week Leon & Brett feel a little homesick. Last week they republished some articles from the music magazine they produced as students in Grahamstown in the late 80s, and of course this comes with fond memories of the National Arts Festival hosted in the town every year. It’s on at the moment, so this week’s show features a taste of just some of the artists – old and new – who will be strutting their stuff on various stages around town over the next ten days.

In this episode, we feature

  • Dominic Egli & Feya Faku
  • Zoe Modiga
  • Neo Muyanga
  • Judith Sephuma
  • Robin Auld & Wendy Oldfield
  • Eland Grey
  • The Kinsmen
  • The Kifness
  • Guy Buttery
  • Benjamin Jephta Quintet

Be sure to check out some of the stunning photos of the artists featured in this episode taken by our good friend Harold Gess on his Instagram page.

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S05E11 – The Scar That Shines

Leon meets Donvé Lee,a author of “Syd Kitchen: Scars That Shine” – a new and controversial biography of the late Syd Kitchen – while Brett spins some great Kitchen Music taken from Syd’s solo material and collaborations with other artists.

In this episode we feature:

  • Syd Kitchen
  • Syd Kitchen & The Utensils
  • The Aquarian Quartet
  • Bafo Bafo  (Syd Kitchen & Madala Kunene)

Syd Kitchen: The Scars That Shine is available an an ebook from Amazon.

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S05E10 – The Eclectic Show

In today’s episode Leon and Brett present a free-form show with a wide range of musical styles, but admittedly, a little heavy on the cool jazz, in another chilled-out episode of Tune Me What?

In today’s show we feature:

  • Juluka
  • The Sunshines
  • Magic Cactus
  • Albert Frost
  • Baxtop
  • The Dyna Jets
  • Jabula
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Basil Coetzee
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Benguaela

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S05E09 – Celebrating Johnny Clegg

In this episode we celebrate the music of the magnificent Johnny Clegg ahead of his final tour before his announced retirement. We look at his seminal bands, Juluka and Savuka, his solo work and his contributions to other people’s records as a performer and a producer.

Thanks for the music, Johnny! Keep an eye on http://www.johnnyclegg.com/ for news of shows as Johnny Clegg embarks on The Final Journey World Tour.

In this episode we feature:

  • Jonathan & Sipho
  • Arno Carstens
  • Le Bagad Kemper
  • Sipho Mchunu
  • Robin Auld
  • Wonderboom
  • Tkzee
  • Juluka
  • Savuka
  • Jesse Clegg
  • Qadasi
  • Johnny Clegg

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