We honestly can’t believe that so much has happened over the last two months of Texx Talks Season 2.

We just need to get real for a second – the process of recording Season 2 in lockdown has not been without its ups and downs.

And if it wasn’t for the whole team, scattered around South Africa, keeping each other sane, we all would have lost our collective minds.

But between the support of you, the listener, and TOMS – we managed to raise the bar and smash all of our expectations.

So now let’s LOOK BACK.

 

Outro Song: “Elevate” Matthew Loots and Barry van Zyl  Soundcloud

 

Extra Reading:

 

Texx and the City

Texx Talks Previous Episodes

The One And Only- Matthew Loots

 

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Msaki is a singer and songwriter whose deeply soulful vocals and lyrics carry profound messages that resonate with everyone who’s had the pleasure of hearing her sing and seeing her perform.

This Eastern Cape-born musician has created songs that combine soulful folk with symphonic movements, Xhosa lyrics with African poly-rhythms and her raw delivery disrupts your senses as she sings of love and loss, and home and hope. 

From speaking about being an advocate for change, to her collaboration on some of SA’s most beloved house tracks, Msaki is undeniably one of the most important modern voices to put thought to bars.

Outro Song: “Blood, Guns and Revolutions”  Apple Music

Featured tracks:

Ubomi Abumanga –  Sun el Musician feat. Msaki Apple Music 

Love Colour Spin – Moby Dixon feat. Msaki  Apple Music

Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee feat. Msaki  Apple Music

Pearls to Swine – Msaki feat.Tresor Apple Music

limfama Ziyabona – Msaki YouTube

Extra Reading:

Platoon empowers Artists 

Francois Knoetze 

Maboneng Womxn’s Month Mural

One Shushu Day

Alt Blk

Unathi Mkonto

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Chasing Suns 

Michael David Rosenberg – better known to all of us as Passenger – is an award-winning, chart topping singer-songwriter who commands the stage and your attention, like few solo acts can and do.

This Brighton-born musician is a master storyteller, seeking out the charming in the seemingly mundane, and spinning songs that remind us of the importance of human interaction in an all too out-of-touch technological world.

With his intimate, folk-inflected sound, this one-man band has built a loyal following, and he chats to us about a recent foul purchase, chasing an endless summer and how commanding a street corner ultimately prepares you to face 65 000 fans.

 

Outro Song: “Sword From the Stone”  off the new album “Patchwork” 

 

Featured tracks:

Let Her Go – Apple Music Spotify 

Hearts on Fire featuring Ed Sheeran – Apple Music Spotify

 

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Zoid’s Republic 

Karen Zoid is a powerhouse performer and composer who has gained critical acclaim for her music in both English and Afrikaans – with her early work having influenced an entire generation of South Africans.

All through her career, Karen has held onto an enviable integrity that allows her to speak her mind, and over the last few years South Africans became as familiar with her face, as they are with her voice, as the host of her flawless variety show, Republiek Van Zoid Afrika. 

Find out what makes this undisputed queen of SA rock ‘n’ roll an entrepreneurial and creative force to be reckoned with as she talks us through the blessings and pitfalls of her illustrious career. 

Outro Song: “Great Heart”  Live, Republic of Zoid, Johnny Clegg and Karen Zoid.

Featured tracks:

Wonderboom – Charlie Ain’t slavin 2 da habit

Live Jimi Presley – Halen

Battery 9 – Kiss the Machine

Moses Molelekwa – Genes and Spirits

Springbok Nude Girls – Genie

Battery 9 – Kiss the Machine

Fokofpolisiekar – Dagdronk

Kurt Darren – Party Tyd

Johnny Clegg & Karen Zoid – Great Heart

Hans Zimmer – Time

USA for Africa – We are the World

Van Pletzen feat. Early B. – Dronk op Liefde

Early B & Karen Zoid – Deur Druk

Fokofpolisiekar – Dagdronk

Max Hurrel – Zol 

Extra reading:

Republic of Zoid Afrika

Mothership Studios

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Mystic Lion

Over the last 14 years, Culoe De Song has cemented his distinct brand of rhythmic house, infused with traditional sounds and rich melodies, and has played stages from Barcelona to Bloemfontein, all while maintaining his distinct South African flare. 

Having gained both local and international acclaim for his pioneering style of Afro-house, Culoe talks to us about his lockdown hustle, and the amazing commonality between Zulu and European cultures while walking us through his own life’s journey.

Outro Song: “Judgement Dance”  *UNRELEASED TEXX TALKS EXCLUSIVE*

Featured tracks:

Culoe de Song – Medicine: Apple Music Spotify YouTube

DJ Kabila – Somnyama: Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Kan Sano – Stars in Your Eyes  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Culoe de Song feat. Fatima – The Dragon’s End Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Culoe de Song – Rambo Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Culoe de Song – Webaba Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Matthew Loots – Flashpoint SoundCloud

Special shout out to the folks over at de Song Music for the generous use of their music in bringing this pod to life – here’s looking at you, Mlu! 

Extra reading:

Red Bull Music Academy 

Soulistic

Realtone Agency

Djoon

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Making Your Own Luck

This week we are talking to the front woman for one of the most hardworking live electronic acts in South Africa. 

As the captain of the award-winning, chart-topping ship that is GoodLuck, their debut album gave us a record breaking number of Top 10 singles in South Africa – and their tasty blend of electronica and jazz and pop has seen them carve out a niche for themselves that’s seemingly unstoppable.

From chasing music in the desert to pandemic relief, to getting medical insurers to change their policies, Goodluck make the exceptional, routine, whatever they apply their minds to. 

Outro Song: “What Next?”  Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube.

Featured tracks:

Back in the Day: Apple Music Spotify YouTube

jacSharp – “Saving Grace”: Apple Music Spotify YouTube

A special thanks to Goodluck for the generous use of their music in bringing this pod to life. 

Extra reading:

The Luckdown

Get Lucky Summer

Get Lucky Records

Changing Medical Insurers 

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Leka Djy!

Early B is The United States of Bleomendal’s favourite hip hop son, whose slick rhymes and lekker vibes quickly earned him a place amongst Afrikaans rap’s elite, from the first few bars of his debut video gone viral, “Leka Djy”.  

From his early days starting out as one half of the rap duo Earl & Agemi, to his relationship with Peach and Nax from Van Pletzen, to forming an incredible working relationship with his sister as his manager, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more dynamic, humorous and keen storyteller.

Outro Song: “Ben 10”  Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube.

 

Featured tracks:

 

“Early B Lockdown Challenge” YouTube

“Leka Djy” Apple Music Spotify Youtube

“Deur Druk” feat. Karen Zoid Apple Music Spotify YouTube

“Dakskroef” Apple Music Spotify YouTube

“Bene Lam” YouTube

“Ben 10”  Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube.

 

A special thanks to Early B and his team for the generous use of the music in bringing this pod to life. 

 

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Astrology 101

As the frontman of one of the most eclectic pop bands in South Africa, for the last 11 years Pierre Greeff has been leading Die Heuwels Fantasties into all sorts of uncharted waters, most recently having to build a lockdown-style album launch from scratch and executing it to perfection.

From the early days of shooting music videos on the road with little to no money, to how vital MK was in the formation of their audience, Pierre chats about DHF’s journey from their iconic self-titled debut release, to their latest genre-blending opus, 2021.

Outro Song: “Ons Moet Leef ”  Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube.

Featured tracks:

Pille vir Kersfees: Apple Music Spotify 

Klein Tambotieboom: Apple Music Spotify 

Vinger Alleen Apple Music Spotify 

Leja (Live) Apple Music Spotify 

A special thanks to Die Heuwels Fantasties and their team for the ridiculous usage of their music in bringing this pod to life. 

Extra reading:

Liefde by die Dam

MK

Supra Familias 

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Gully and Gangsta

 

With a signature smooth, rich voice that sounds like he’s been gargling with whiskey since the age of 13 – this Katlehong, native is a SAMA winner, Metro FM Music Award winner and his last album was certified 10 times Platinum, spawning hit singles that have become African anthems.

From keeping busy during lockdown, to rapping in vernac, to the sometimes warped mentality of celebrity culture, Kwesta talks openly and honestly about his meteoric rise to being one of the most beloved rappers in Africa, as he prepares to drop his third album that’s been four years in the making. 

Outro Song: “Ngud”  Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube

 

Featured tracks:

 

The Finesse: Spotify 

Njandini: Spotify 

Kwesta feat Wale – Spirit Apple Music Spotify 

Kwesta ft Cassper Nyovest – Ngud Apple Music Spotify 

 

A huge shout out to RapLyf and Sony Music Entertainment Africa for doing the most, we really appreciate your support in bringing this podcast to life.

 

Extra reading:

Riky Rick

Cotton Fest

RapLyf

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Hosted by Tecla Ciolfi, curator & editor of South African music website Texx and the City, Texx Talks is a look behind the curtain at what fuels your favourite musicians – from Mzansi to the world.

Season 2 features Kwesta, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Early B, Goodluck, Culoe De Song, Karen Zoid, Msaki and Passenger who share their highs, their lows and the secret to their continued successes, in frank deep-dive discussions.

Listen and find out why Texx Talks slaps harder than a warm Ben 10 on a cold night.

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