Tag Archives: South African Music

S03E10 – The Geography Show

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The Geography Show by Tune Me What? on Mixcloud

In this episode, Leon and Brett spin a few records that were inspired by places in South Africa, as they go on a musical road trip. As David Kramer once said, “the people write themselves onto the land and the land writes itself onto the people,” so with that in mind let’s hop into our virtual conveyance of choice and visit a few tuneful spots around a country that have inspired sounds to match its scenery…

We feature music by:

  • African Jazz Pioneers
  • Anton Goosen
  • Beeskraal
  • Bongo Maffin
  • High Society (aka Deep Fried Man)
  • Jack Parrow
  • Jo’burg City Stars
  • John Wizards
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Trans.Sky

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

S03E04 – Songs

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S3E04 – Immigrant Songs by Tune Me What? on Mixcloud

At Tune Me What? we wanted to add our voices to the protests against xenophobia and racism with a special programme devoted to playing those South African artists who are themselves immigrants and whose music now forms part of the rich tapestry of South African culture!

This week’s nasty racist attacks on immigrants in South Africa – the so-called “xenophobic violence” resulted in chilling echoes of the Cultural Boycott of the 1970s and 80s. Radio stations in Zambia stopped playing South African music and artists had their international tours called off. As understandable as it is that people in other countries want to send a message to South Africans – particularly those civic leaders behind inciting the violence and politicians reluctant and slow to act – it is grossly unfair that blameless artists are, once again, punished.

We think that it is fair to say that most South Africans deplore the attacks on refugees and immigrants from other countries in Africa who look to South and the outpouring of protest is heartening.

In this episode we CELEBRATE the music of:

  • Claire Johnston (Mango Groove)
  • Dorethy Masuka
  • eVoid
  • Gito Baloi
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • Johnny Clegg
  • Lionel Bastos
  • Louis Mhlanga
  • Ray Phiri (Stimela)
  • Sankomota
  • Simba Mori
  • Tony Cox

Of course, there are a great many more musicians in South Africa who are immigrants themselves or the children of immigrants and our musical heritage wouldn’t be nearly as rich without them.

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

S03E02 – A Free Country

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S3E02 – It’s A Free Country by Tune Me What? on Mixcloud

Owing to a gracious friend of the show, Leon was lucky enough to get tickets when the Twenty Years of Freedom show hit Los Angeles. It featured some of our favourite artists including Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo so we’ve built a show around it!

Of course, it wouldn’t be Tune Me What? without a few new discoveries, so there’s something for everyone in another jam-packed hour of South African music.

This week we feature:

  • Derick Watts & The Kifness (feat. Jack Parow)
  • Hot Water (feat. Donovan Copley)
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Reason
  • Soweto String Quartet
  • Vusi Mahlasela

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

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

Shut Up And Play Your Bliksemse Guitar

In this week’s show we will be featuring some of South Africa’s great guitar instrumentals, covering a range of styles and eras.

In Episode 3 we feature the music of:

  • Die Kavalier
  • Valiant Swart
  • David Hewitt
  • Hannes Coetzee (check out our Facebook page for a video)
  • Tananas
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • Kid Bea and Mister King Jeroo
  • Rabbitt
  • eVoid
  • James Phillips & The Lurchers
  • Stimela

These are the links to artists and events covered in our news section:

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat

We will 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?!

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

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Howzit Pal, Can I Get Some Change?

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In this week’s show we will be looking at the cultural changes in the 70s that set the stage for the growing collaboration between black and white musicians to create a unique “South African Sound”.

In Episode 2 we feature the music of:

  • Circus – In The Arena (1977)
  • Soul Brothers – Zithini Izingane (1988)
  • Juluka – Woza Friday (1976)
  • Hotline & Steve Kekana – Feel So Strong (1983)
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka – I’m in Love With a DJ (1985)
  • Asylum Kids – Fight It With Your Mind (1982)
  • The Dynamics – This Weekend (1983)
  • Brenda & The Big Dudes – Weekend Special (1983)
  • Via Afrika – Hey Boy (1983)
  • eVoid – Taximan (1983)
  • Joy – Paradise Road (1980)

These are the links to artists and events covered in our news section:

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TuneMeWhat

We will 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?!

If you’d like to advertise on the show, drop us a line at adverts@tunemewhat.com

Trouble using the player? DOWNLOAD the show.