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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

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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.

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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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

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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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

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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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

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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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

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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