Styled by Ray-Ban

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.

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

Ray-Ban is your reflection in the mirror of your truest self, it’s the shade on a hot summer’s day, it is your own focus regardless of any spotlight that may be on you. 

Together, Texx Talks and Ray-Ban are saying: if you’ve got a challenge for us, no matter what it is – You’re On. 

You can’t predict the light. But with Texx Talks and Ray-Ban you are always ready to capture it by living each day in the moment. You’re On.

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Peter’s Hard Work

Shane Durrant is the frontman of Desmond and the Tutus, the Pretorian DIY indie-rock band that spearheaded an entire scene in South Africa.

Known for their unique style of indie-rock and outlandish onstage antics, just as well as they are for their left-field name, the Tutus burst onto a scene that was more concerned with mainstream rock, ultimately finding a home on MK89 and an audience amongst a growing underground twenty-something community.

Rooted in strong kwela melodies and a DIY indie-punk attitude, they spearheaded an entire new wave of underground bands – from Oppikoppi to Osaka, Japan – and Shane explains their unconventional path to owning the moniker of “three time award-losing” band. 

Outro Song: Hard Work Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Featured Tracks:

Teenager – Desmond and the Tutus Apple Music Spotify 

Lazy Bones – Desmond and the Tutus Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Peter – Desmond and the Tutus Apple Music Spotify YouTube

What Am I Gonna Do With You – Desmond and the Tutus Apple Music Spotify YouTube

MASSIVE shout out to Desmond and the Tutus for the generous use of their music and support in bringing this podcast to life.

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Sing it Loud 

Jackie Queens is a Zimbabwean-born artist and writer who, apart from lending her voice to some of the most scintillating South African house tracks, aims to challenge the status quo of the music industry’s perspective on that role women play in its success. 

With Projects like GIRLS and #WomenOfHouse, she provides a platform to artists that are often unseen, and in doing so, fulfils a crucial role in the education of our music scene at large and for that – we are proper fans.

Leaving her native Zimbabwe for the hustle and bustle of London, this beat siren fell in love with house and upon returning to Africa, gradually began her own musical education after a chance Gumtree encounter set her on a path to become the Queen of Afro-house music. 

 

Outro Song: Back to Us (Radio Edit) Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

Run feat. Core Wreckah – Jackie Queens SoundCloud

Conqueror (Enoo Napa Opaque Mix) – Jackie Queens Apple Music Spotify 

Departed feat. Jackie Queens – Cepta SoundCloud

Interludishness – Jackie Queens SoundCloud

Sphiwe – Enoo Napa and Jackie Queens Apple Music Spotify 

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

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When the Bat King Calls

The Lumineers need no introduction but deserve one regardless. This chart-topping, award-winning American folk rock group makes genuine, straightforward music that comes from the heart and has been riveting audiences all over the world for a good decade-and-a-half now. 

With each album they’ve released their storytelling prowess grows stronger and a little bit darker and their last album III cements their status as masters of the concept album, tackling tricky subject matter and shedding light on pivotal societal issues that are so often marginalised. 

Chatting about the removal of ego from their art, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Freitas talk about their unique songwriting relationship, dealing with writing a new album that is not influenced by a global pandemic, and share their thoughts as to how they’ve remained grounded all these years.

 

Outro Song: Salt and the Sea Apple Music Spotify Youtube

 

Featured Tracks:

An Air That Kills – Jeremiah Fraites Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Donna – The Lumineers Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Sleep on the Floor – The Lumineers Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Ho Hey! – The Lumineers Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Gloria – The Lumineers Apple Music Spotify YouTube

MASSIVE shout out to The Lumineers, Dualtone Records and Activist Artist Management for the generous use of his music and support in bringing this podcast to life.

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Lockdown Shaman

Shane Cooper is a bassist, composer and producer with an affinity for all kinds of genres and mediums. 

Gravitating towards the bass as his instrument of choice, while simultaneously making beats under his moniker of Card On Spokes and with his band Mabuta, Shane is part of a new wave of jazz artists pushing the genre forward in South Africa and his work is melodically rich and colourful, shining a bright light on the immense talent that we have in this country.

From navigating the “new normal”, to meticulously chipping away at attaining the perfect balance between work and play, Shane delivers the consummate “dummies guide” to maintaining one’s sanity and ensuring that no aspect of one’s life should ever be taken for granted. 

Outro Song: Learn to Levitate Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

Feel – Shane Cooper feat. Thandi Ntuli – Bandcamp

Sun in My Eyes – Shane Cooper feat. Mikaela Faye  – Bandcamp

Playin’ a Little Evening Bass – Shane Cooper –  YouTube

Speak! – Mabuta – Bandcamp

 

MASSIVE shout out to Shane Cooper for the generous use of his music in bringing this podcast to life.

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Jungian Detail

PHFAT (real name Mike Zietsman) is a rapper and producer, who has held the attention of audiences in South Africa, and around the world, for almost a decade with his versatile discography and consistent touring schedule. 

Establishing himself as a commercial heavyweight early on in his career – it’s been his darker and less radio-friendly work that’s set him apart over the last few years, with his latest singles being some of his best work to-date.

From understanding the new normal forced upon us by Covid-19, to demonetizing his music on streaming platforms, PHFAT talks frankly about owning his processes and dreams in the constant pursuit of creative perfection.

Outro Song: Whatever You Like  Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

Running in My Mind – PHFAT  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Catherine – PHFAT Apple Music Spotify Youtube

EGODETH – PHFAT YouTube

Keep You Safe – PHFAT x Mac Motel Apple Music Spotify YouTube

The Big Five – PHFAT feat. Fuzzy Slipperz Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Lights Out – PHFAT feat. Jungfreud Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Suedes – PHFAT Apple Music Spotify YouTube

MASSIVE shout out to Smooth Mike aka PHFAT for the generous use of his music in bringing this podcast to life. 

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Durban’s Golden Boy.

Majozi is one of South Africa’s most beloved indie-pop singer-songwriters. Straight out of Durban, this musician wears his lyrical heart on his sleeve, quite literally, with his tattoos dedicated to his faith and to his mother – two defining aspects of his life that feature heavily in the music that he writes. 

His music is also refreshingly sincere and he has crafted heartfelt hit songs like “Fire” and “Darling” and “Falling” that artfully portray his uplifting perspective of the world around him, something that we all need a good dose of during these strange days. 

From his ever-changing journey alongside his record label, to soundtracking many a South African wedding, to his latest merch line that gives back to communities reeling from Covid-19, Majozi is your nice guy for every occasion with a burgeoning music career to boot. 

Outro Song: Falling  Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

The River –  Majozi  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Darling – Majozi Apple Music Spotify Youtube

The Woods – Majozi feat. Tresor (Evida Remix) Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Cancun – City Bowl Mizers YouTube

 

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

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The beat of their drum

Black Motion is Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane and Robert “Murdah” Mohosana, the duo who have been flying the flag high for Tshwane, the undisputed house music capital of South Africa, for the last decade.

Their percussion-driven electronic dance music and wildly energetic performances, helped establish them as purveyors of South Africa’s burgeoning house scene, as they travelled the world and climbed the charts to praise and critical acclaim. 

From their early roots in Shoshanguve, to their deeply spiritual musical journey, Smol chats the importance of their Pedi culture and how they built their sound on the foundation of the drum, executed in the familiar style of house music.  

Outro Song: Marry Me featuring Msaki Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

Banane Mavoko –  Oskido presents Black Motion Featuring Jah Rich  Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Hosana – Black Motion  Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Beat of Africa – Black Motion Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Can’t Deny the Feeling – Black Motion Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Prayer for Rain – Black Motion, Caiiro feat. Tabia Apple Music Spotify YouTube

MASSIVE shout out to Black Motion and Sony BMG for the generous use of their music in bringing this podcast to life. 

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Straight up facts

 

Cassper Nyovest is arguably one of the biggest and most successful musicians on our music scene, today.

With four of his previous albums being certified platinum a few times over, and a fifth one almost certainly on the way, this rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and record producer has set and broken records all over the place, and his infinitive drive and enviable work ethic, place him at the very top of his game.  

Born and raised in Mafikeng in the North West, with a strong sense of family and heritage in every aspect of the music that he makes, his humble approach to life, and his desire to pass on his father’s teachings to his own family, paint him as a picture of humility in a crazy social media-driven world that’s rife with haters.

Outro Song: Bonginkosi Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

Monate Mpolaye (Live at Global Citizen) – Cassper Nyovest  YouTube

Wama Tsebo Mtho – HHP feat. Cassper Nyovest Spotify Youtube

Gusheshe – Cassper Nyovest feat OkMalumKoolKat Apple Music Spotify YouTube

A.M.N Skit Apple Music Spotify YouTube

1 of 1 – Cassper Nyovest Apple Music Spotify YouTube

MASSIVE shout out to Cassper Nyovest and Universal South Africa for the generous use of his music in bringing this podcast to life. 

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Tems is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer whose sound is both sweetly intimate yet global in nature, and having barely been in the game for three years, she has appeared on multiple “Artists To Watch” lists around the world and with good reason. 

With a fusion of alternative R&B, neo-soul, and pop-rooted hooks, she’s created a sound that is all her own, approaching her music with a freedom to experiment and express herself through her deeply soulful voice. 

Knowing that music was always her calling, Tems chats openly and honestly about her desire to achieve perfectionism and authenticity in every aspect of her creative pursuit, even when the odds were stacked against her.  

Outro Song: Damages Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

Tems – Interference Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Tems – Try Me Apple Music Spotify Youtube

ODDIO – Love Me Down (feat Tems) Spotify YouTube

Tems – Mr Rebel Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Tems – Looku Looku Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Khalid, Disclosure – Know Your Worth (feat. Davido, Tems) Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Tems – Ice T Apple Music Spotify YouTube

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

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