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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

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S06E05 Tailor Live @ Tune Me What?

South African singer/songwriter, Tailor, visits Tune Me What’s studio in London for a chat about her life and career and plays an exclusive acoustic set for ‘Tune Me What?’. We also spin a few of her records and some other great South African music hand-picked by her. Find out more about this phenomenal artist at http://thisistailor.com

Go see Tailor live in London at the Troubadour on Wednesday 11 April.

In this episode we feature

  • Tailor
  • LCNVL
  • Blk Sonshine
  • Karen Zoid
  • Tweak
  • Johnny Clegg & Savuka

Also check out Tailor’s guest spot with Ed Kowalczyk, lead singer of Live, during his SA tour.

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S06E04 – The Easter Weekend Show

Listen to some great South African music while learning about Easter and Passover from two of the internet’s least respected and most uninformed sources! Yes, Leon and Brett fumble their way through another seasonal episode of Tune Me What? And proving that miracles do happen this time of year, send not a plague but a veritable feast of South African tunes and grooves for your holiday weekend enjoyment.

In this week’s episode we feature

  • Urban Creep
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Steve Howells
  • Jonas Gwangwa
  • Sakhile
  • Edi Niederlander
  • Johnny Clegg
  • Leta Mbulu
  • Tony Cox
  • DJ Cleo

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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S06E03 – We Can Hear Hugh

Can you hear Hugh? We all know his hits and standards, but a great deal of his work wasn’t as obvious. The influence of the late-great South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is incredibly far-reaching, as performer, arranger, composer, and even on occasion backing vocalist! Often unnoticed, he has played on some iconic records. His music has been sampled by big name acts and he’s been a go-to sessioneer since the 60s in addition to being a globally-recognised solo artist. In this episode, Leon and Brett pay tribute to the great man by playing just some of the tunes by major artists – from jazz to pop to hip-hop – whose work has been adorned and graced by the input of one of South Africa’s greatest musicians, Hugh Masekela, whose death last year was a bitter loss.

Departing from our usual format, this week we feature international artists:

  • The Byrds
  • Blancmange
  • Dave Grusin
  • Chuck Mangione
  • Paul Simon
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Simply Red
  • Jamie XX
  • PM Dawn
  • Somi
  • Randy Crawford

The amazing picture of Hugh Masekela we used above was taken by our friend Harold Gess, a professional photographer based in the Eastern Cape of South Africa who has an impressive portfolio of arts, music and culture photos spanning over 30 years.

And here is that clip we promised in the show:

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S06E02 – Back To The Grindstone

Leon and Brett knuckle down to another episode of the podcast that brings you the very best of South African music. It’s a mixed bag in today’s show and – speaking of grinding – they also reveal how to find Cape Town’s best coffee shop. So rustle up a cuppa whatever you fancy and settle down for a hour of some great South African music.

In this episode we feature:

  • Elmore Carey
  • Thomas Kane
  • Dear Reader
  • Medicine Boy
  • Deslynn Malotana (feat Andy Mkosi)
  • Freshlyground
  • Thandiswe
  • Mafikozolo
  • Mina Nawe & Lady Jaydee
  • Mbogeni Ngema
  • Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels

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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S06E01 – The Lady’s Got Clout!

We’re back for a sixth season of “Tune Me What?” – the show that brings you the very best of South African music! In this season opener we have a very special extended episode in which Leon sits down with the legendary Cindy Alter, solo artist, songwriter, and household name as the lead singer of supergroups Clout and Zia. Cindy opens up frankly about her life as a musician, trying to make it in America, and the health crisis that brought her back home to Johannesburg. We also feature some fantastic music!

In this show we feature

  • Archie Silansky & His Orchestra
  • Jeremy Taylor
  • Clout
  • Zia
  • The Alter-Irving Band
  • Cindy Alter

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

S05E25 – Cleggmania in the USA

Cleggmania has reached the USA as JC concludes his farewell tour of North America. Leon interviews a genuine American Johnny Clegg fan and digs deep to find out what makes an American South African music fan in the second special episode this series devoted to the music of Johnny Clegg and the music around him.

This episode features:

  • Johnny Clegg
  • Jesse Clegg
  • Juluka
  • Savuka
  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Stimela
  • TKZee

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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S05E24 – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Did you know that hit records by Elton John, Malcolm McLaren, PM Dawn, Bow Wow Wow and even Serge Gainsbourg ‘borrowed’ rhythms, riffs and melodies from South African artists? In some cases, full credit was given to the original South African composers, but in other cases they had to fight legal battles to be recognised! In this episode we devote most of the show to playing these inspirational – in the true sense of the word – ‘borrowed’ records – and also throw in something old, new, and blue to keep things interesting.

In this episode, we feature

  • Solomon Linda’s Original Evening Birds
  • Mig21
  • Phineas Mkhize
  • The Boyoyo Boys
  • The Mahotella Queens
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Juluka
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Johannes Kerkorrel
  • Abdullah Ibrahim

Here is a video playlist – stating with Wimoweh – of the songs by International artists who have ‘borrowed’ from the songs featured in this episode:


 

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S05E23 – The Mine Dump Show

South Africa was largely built on the mining industry and while it is obvious that this cast its shadow on politics and economics in the metaphorical sense and quite literally in cities where its great pits and dumps became part of the landscape it also had a huge impact on the music of South Africa. In this episode Leon and Brett explore some of the music that was born on the mines or inspired by the mines in another hour of some great South African music.

In this episode we feature:

  • Hugh Masekela
  • Nibs van der Spuy
  • Busi Mhlongo
  • The Manhattan Brothers
  • The Jazz Dazzlers
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Spokes Mashiyane
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Juluka
  • David Kramer
  • Virginia Gold Mine Compound  

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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Photo credit: Laura SA, Wikipedia.

S05E22 – The Iced Zoo Biscuit Hour

This week Leon & Brett tuck into a packet of Iced Zoo biscuits (or ‘cookies’ to our American friends) and play some great South African music suggested by the animals on this quintessential South African confectionary. Of course, they can’t resist injecting some interesting wildlife trivia into their (usual barely-sane) banter and commentary. Join them for an hour of South African music and chit-chat – including topical debates of the day like “how to best eat an Iced Zoo” and “what’s really in a bunny chow?”.

In this show we feature:

  • Dear Reader
  • Amerhsam
  • Ethel My Love
  • The Blues Broers
  • Des & Dawn Lindberg
  • Bill Knight
  • Springbok Nude Girls
  • Rabbitt
  • Qadasi
  • Bye Beneco
  • Darius Brubeck Quartet

Here’s that old Occam’s Razor clip we promised:

Oh, and if icing-animals don’t do it for you, for some very good depictions of South African wildlife, check out artist Bowen Boshier’s magnificent work.

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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