13 October 2014

ThinkAfricaPress

South Africa: Tune Me What - Second Season Sunset Show

We can hardly believe that we have two seasons of Tune Me What? under our belt. As we've said before, we embarked on this journey with the intention of sharing the South African music we grew up with - the music we knew and loved - with the rest of the world. It was never really our intention to achieve more than having a bit of fun, but somehow the idea snowballed.

Before we knew it we were name-checked by Esquire magazine and asked to syndicate our show right here at Think Africa Press. In our first season we managed to secure interviews with many iconic names in the South African music business and this season was no different, culminating just a few weeks ago with the thrill of having Lloyd Ross of Shifty Records as a guest on our show.

Now, after more than 60 episodes - all archived for your listening pleasure at tunemewhat.com - we still feel we have only scratched the surface: there's still so much more South African music to uncover and so many new and fresh artists emerging every year.

Nakhane Toure's astoundingly good follow up to his brilliant debut 'Christopher' single, 'Fog', came out during the run of the show and was swiftly followed by a third amazing single 'In The Dark Room'. One of the things we're looking forward to in Season Three is news that he has a second album coming out. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Nakhane Toure is a major talent who should be poised for international recognition.

No Tune Me What? would be complete without a nod to Chris Letcher & Matthew van der Want, and the good news is that following their reunion for the Shifty September show, they have announced further gigs. Recently, a wonderful video of Matthew backed by Louis Mhlanga saw the light of day on YouTube (from 20 years ago when Matthew still had hair!) and is worth a listen.

In the final show, Brett got to be on the other side of the console for a change as a track from his 90s band One Large Banana was spun and a track from his new band, The Sighs of Monsters, was played first on Tune Me What?

Also featured on the show were: Anton Goosen, Black Coffee, Jo Edwards, JoBurg City Stars, Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Mahlatini and The Mahotella Queens, N. D. Hotshots, Slo Foot King Brothers, Springbok Nude Girls, and Zinkplaat.

It may have been the last official show for the season, but Tune Me What? will be back for one final New Year's Party special in late December. In the meantime, the team will take a well-deserved break before planning their return for Season Three!

Tune Me What? is a podcast and blog by Brett Lock and Leon Lazarus that highlights South African music and artists at home and around the world. For more information, visit tunemewhat.com or facebook.com/TuneMeWhat.

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