We present to you a special International Woman’s Day Edition of Texx Talks!

This special episode we are talking to an Afro-soul singer and songwriter who has a voice that commands the attention of any room that she is in. 

Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, this hard-working musical force blends soul with modern pop and traditional folk elements to create songs that have made her a household name and, that have consistently landed her on the most streamed South African artist lists across streaming services.

Preferring to keep her own company, Ami Faku dives deep into dealing with loss, how one day she found out she had died and how all of this is only just the beginning.

Outro Song: 

Lala Ngoxolo feat. Emtee Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Set List:

iMali feat. Blaq Diamond Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Ungazilibali – Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Ubuhle Bakho – Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Regrets – Zoocci Coke Dope and Ami Faku Apple Music Spotify YouTube

For our growing back catalogue of awesome, head on over to www.texxtalks.com or follow us on Facebook Instagram Twitter for updates, things you need to see and general fun. 

Also: make sure you follow Texx and the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or all of your music news. 

THEN: The folks over at Apple Music are offering new student subscribers 6 months of free premium membership with access to over 70 million songs and free access to AppleTV+! Head over to Apple Music to find out more!

Special shout out to TOMS – The Only Music Store, without which, a lot of this noise is not possible.

Portugal, the Man is a Grammy-winning band that fuses elements of psychedelia and classic rock, with a dash of modern pop and a willingness to experiment, and founding member and bassist, Zachary Carothers, isn’t shy to admit it was all a bit of a fluke at first.  

Not ones to shy away from speaking their mind, both on and off their records, their last album was responsible for a song that became omnipresent the world over (“Feel It Still”) and became such an earworm, you never got tired of hearing it.

From growing up in Alaska, to the effect of moving to Portland on the band’s trajectory, to falling in love with South Africa after their 2015 tour opened their eyes to the beauty of the country, Zach speaks candidly about all the places he’s been and the places he’s planning on going as he’s getting older.

Outro Song:

Who’s Gonna Stop Me – Portugal. The Man feat. Weird Al Apple Music Spotify YouTube 

Set List:

Air Balloons – PTM Website

Do You – Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Number One – Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Creep in a T-Shirt – Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Feel it Still – Apple Music Spotify YouTube

A massive shout out to Portugal. The Man for the generous use of their music in bringing this podcast to life.

LEARN ABOUT PTM Coin at www.portugaltheman.com

For our growing back catalogue of awesome, head on over to www.texxtalks.com or follow us on Facebook Instagram Twitter for updates, things you need to see and general fun. 

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Special shout out to TOMS – The Only Music Store, without which, a lot of this noise is not possible.

To the World and Beyond

Sun-El Musician is a producer and DJ who, over the course of the last half-a-decade, has given us some of South Africa’s most beloved dance anthems, and has introduced us to a whole host of vocalists on his rich compositions, that have gone on to become national earworms. 

With his latest, mammoth, 31-track album that fuses traditional and futuristic elements into complete electronic sounds, it serves as a continuation of his debut album and focuses on telling a story of healing, and hope, through dance music.

From his early roots in rural Natal to discovering his love of dance music while at University, the mythos of Sun-El Musician has grown, going above and beyond.

Outro Track: 

Sun-EL Musician feat Claudio x Kenza & Msaki – Chasing The Summer Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Track List:

Simmy – Emakhaya ft Da Capo, Sun-EL Musician Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Sun-El Musician – Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto) Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Sun-El Musician (feat Simmy) – ntabezikude Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Sun-EL Musician – Bamthathile ft. Mlindo The Vocalist  Apple Music Spotify Youtube

A huge shout out to El World Music and Sun-El Musican for the generous use of the music, without which, this pod would not be as lekker. 

For our growing back catalogue of awesome, head on over to www.texxtalks.com or follow us on Facebook Instagram Twitter for updates, things you need to see and general fun. 

Also: make sure you follow Texx and the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or all of your music news. 

Special shout out to TOMS – The Only Music Store, without which, a lot of this noise is not possible.

Texx Talks is back and ready to bring you some more awesome for Season 4! After our mammoth S3, we’re dialling things back a notch to a concise seven episodes in S4, delivering only the finest acts from Mzansi to the world.

This season we dive deep into mind jacuzzis of Sun-El Musician, Portugal the Man, Ninja Tune & Coldcut’s Matt Black, as well as Jeremy Loops, Ami Faku, Cornelius and Yanga Chief.

For our growing back catalogue of awesome, head on over to www.texxtalks.com or follow us on Facebook Instagram Twitter for updates, things you need to see and general fun. 

Also, make sure you follow Texx and the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or all of your music news. 

Special shout out to TOMS – The Only Music Store, without which, a lot of this noise is not possible. 

THEN: The folks over at Apple Music are offering new student subscribers 6 months of free premium membership with access to over 70 million songs and free access to AppleTV+! Head over to Apple Music to find out more!

And just like that, season 3 has come to an end and, after 15 episodes, we thought we would just run through our “top 5” highlights of the season for you!

We would love to just give a massive shout out to you, the listener. Texx Talks has continued to go from strength to strength and this is due to your amazing support. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Fear not, Season 4 will be with you from the 11th of February and we can’t wait to share it with you!

A reminder that you can catch up on all of our previous episodes at www.texxtalks.com and remember to subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsCastbox or wherever you catch your pods!

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During these strange times we find ourselves in, experiencing a loss of connection, freedom and normalcy, it’s now time for us to be back on, celebrating life and spontaneous moments of authentic behaviour, where we can all be our truest selves and say to life: YOU’RE ON!

That’s why at Texx Talks, we couldn’t be happier or prouder to be joining forces with Ray-Ban this Summer. Hit up Ray-Ban’s Instagram page at @rayban

We are still on break and quietly pottering around in the background, polishing up a shiny new season for you! In the interim, here is one of our favourites and a true South African siren, Msaki!

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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During these strange times we find ourselves in, experiencing a loss of connection, freedom and normalcy, it’s now time for us to be back on, celebrating life and spontaneous moments of authentic behaviour, where we can all be our truest selves and say to life: YOU’RE ON!

That’s why at Texx Talks, we couldn’t be happier or prouder to be joining forces with Ray-Ban this Summer. Hit up Ray-Ban’s Instagram page at @rayban

We are taking a little break over at Texx Talks and prepping for our next season, in the interim, we have our Passenger episode “from the vault” in celebration of his brand spanking new album Songs for the Drunk and Lonely Hearted

Setting 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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During these strange times we find ourselves in, experiencing a loss of connection, freedom and normalcy, it’s now time for us to be back on, celebrating life and spontaneous moments of authentic behaviour, where we can all be our truest selves and say to life: YOU’RE ON!

That’s why at Texx Talks, we couldn’t be happier or prouder to be joining forces with Ray-Ban this Summer. Hit up Ray-Ban’s Instagram page at @rayban

Life Vocabulary

 

Lauv is a one-man boy band whose heartfelt pop bangers have turned him into an international internet megastar, racking up billions of streams, courtesy of mammoth collaborations with BTS, LANY and Troye Sivan.

With a knack for tapping into the issues that plague a new generation who are learning how to deal with the trappings of social media and the concept of loneliness, he expresses his feelings both eloquently and thoughtfully through a barrage of chart-topping platinum-selling singles that culminated in the release of his picture perfect, pop-rooted debut album in 2020.

From defining his own vocabulary to explain his anxiety and depression, to establishing a foundation for discourse around this, to reminiscing on his angsty teenage years, Lauv explains how the unconventional aspects of his identity ended up making him a household name.

 

Outro Song: Fake feat. Conan Gray Apple Music Spotify YouTube

 

Featured Tracks:

Wishful Thinking – Somersault Sunday feat. Trevor Dahl YouTube

The Other – Lauv  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Breathe – Lauv  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Sad Forever – Lauv  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Who – Lauv feat. BTS Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Billy – Lauv Apple Music Spotify YouTube

 

MASSIVE shout out to Lauv for the generous use of his music and support in bringing this podcast to life.

 

We Like IT Better with Lauv on Facebook Instagram Twitter

 

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During these strange times we find ourselves in, experiencing a loss of connection, freedom and normalcy, it’s now time for us to be back on, celebrating life and spontaneous moments of authentic behaviour, where we can all be our truest selves and say to life: YOU’RE ON!

That’s why at Texx Talks, we couldn’t be happier or prouder to be joining forces with Ray-Ban this Summer. Hit up Ray-Ban’s Instagram page at @rayban

All that Glitters is Gold

 

Lira is a bonafide South African music legend. She is a multi-platinum selling and 11-times South African Music Award-winning, Afro-Soul vocalist who fuses elements of funk and jazz to create music that is both wholly unique and emotionally stirring.

From performing for Mabida, to representing us on multiple worldwide stages, to having a Barbie doll made in her honour, this woman really has done it all and she is a warm and welcoming inspiration to the next generation of vocalists.  

Unpacking her drive and determination to succeed whilst grappling with being a private person, Lira has forged a generation-defining career peppered with many, many firsts. 

Outro Song: Brave Heart  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Featured Tracks:

Unique – Lira  Apple Music Spotify 

Dream – Lira Apple Music Spotify 

All My Love – Lira Apple Music Spotify 

Feel Good – Lira Apple Music Spotify 

 

MASSIVE shout out to Lira for the generous use of her music and support in bringing this podcast to life.

 

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Here at Texx Talks, we constantly strive to spotlight authentic music trailblazers, which is why we’re stoked to have Texx Talks styled by Ray-Ban this summer, helping us in our pursuit of featuring artists who aren’t afraid to be their authentic selves.

Discover your truest self at Ray-Ban’s IG

Previous Episodes: www.texxtalks.com

Karen van Coke

Tasche is a young, vocal powerhouse who became a household name from the moment she was crowned the youngest winner, and the first female winner of South Africa’s The Voice competition, after a now-iconic four-chair turn performance.

After being taken under the wing of some of South African music’s biggest names in music, she’s crafting a career path that is undoubtedly authentic in her pursuit of capitalising on her already burgeoning career. 

Tasche talks about being openly queer in a typically conservative Afrikaans society and how taking risks has allowed her to stand out from the pop pack. 

Outro Song: Tweedehandse Hart Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Featured Tracks:

Die Een – Tasche Apple Music Spotify YouTube 

MASSIVE shout out to Tasche for the generous use of her music and support in bringing this podcast to life.

Be the one with Tasche at Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Here at Texx Talks, we constantly strive to spotlight authentic music trailblazers, which is why we’re stoked to have Texx Talks styled by Ray-Ban this summer, helping us in our pursuit of featuring artists who aren’t afraid to be their authentic selves.

Discover your truest self at Ray-Ban’s IG

Previous Episodes: www.texxtalks.com