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 

Ride your luck with Goodluck at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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. 

 

Stay “leka” with Early B at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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 

Rock on with Die Heuwels Fantasties at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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

Keep up the hustle with Kwesta at: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 

 

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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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For this episode we will be looking back at some of our favourite moments from Season 1, reveal what went into the recording of each episode, and hit you with some exciting announcements in anticipation of Season 2.

But first, we think it’s high time we properly introduce ourselves.

While almost everyone who knows our host calls her Texx, her real name is Tecla Ciolfi and she’s been a part of the South African music industry for the last 10 years – namely as the founder of Texx and the City, a music website that spotlights the best underground & unsigned musicians in South Africa across multiple genres.

Texx Talks was born when Texx and producer, Jonathan Inggs, got together at Van Hunks in Cape Town for a day drinking session. Cut to another day drinking session a few months later at The Royale in Joburg, and Texx Talks was born.

Just like Texx and The City, the aim behind this podcast is to spotlight the multiple genres that make South Africa, and to a larger extent, Africa, such a rich musical melting pot.

Together with our second producer Matthew Loots, who edits Texx Talks to perfection, and Al Clapper who assists in doing research on each interview subject, we really could not have asked for a better team.

So now let’s LOOK BACK.

Outro Song: “Should I just Call?” – Androgenius  Apple Music and Spotify 

We are collaborating with The Good Times Co. for this Episode:

STREAM TEXX’S MEGA SEASON 1 LOOK BACK PLAYLIST

Established in 2019, and founded on two decades of experience in the South African entertainment industry, The Good Times Co is a modern management, bookings and event concept agency that seeks to pioneer a way for its eclectic heritage in Europe.

At its core, The Good Times Co fosters a culture of collaboration that not only guides its vision of offering African talent a gateway to Europe, but also informs its passion to provide European events, festivals and venues with the opportunity to work with exciting and globally relevant music from the continent.

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Tresor Riziki is arguably the biggest pop star in South Africa at the moment, having worked tirelessly on building his musical career from the moment he arrived in Durban from Goma in the DRC.

Renowned for his distinct sound, his songs reflect a peregrine of life shared by so many who live in Africa, but few are able to express their experiences in a way that he does – capturing an ear so universally and directly.

From being warmly welcomed by Durban’s music scene when he arrived in SA, to striking lifelong creative partnerships and friendships with rapper AKA and singer-songwriter Matthew Field (Beatenberg), to penning historic deals with Universal Media Publishing, Tresor’s transition from pop star to global entrepreneur is truly inspirational.

Outro Song: “Thrill”  Apple Music and Spotify 

Featured tracks:

04:08 : Al Caiola – Mazurka Medley Youtube

06:41 : Moonchild Sanelly – F-BOYZ Apple Music  Youtube 

06:52 : Holly Rey – Wanna Be Apple Music  Youtube

17:38 : DJ Clock & Beatenberg – Pluto Apple Music  Youtube

18:18 : Tresor – Mount Everest Apple Music  Youtube

21:50 : Tresor – Electric Night Apple Music  Youtube

29:35 : ESPN – It’s Epic

34:45 : Hugh Masekela – Grazing in the Grass Apple Music  Youtube

43:48 : Disney – It’s a small world Apple Music  Youtube

Extra reading:

Tresor’s Incredible story circa 2014 – Therese Owen for IOL

Tresor’s first band- Maisha “Live at Celebrate Durban” circa 2008

Jacquel Music Group

Universal Music Group South Africa

Splashy Fen Music Festival

White Mountain Music Festival

Keep up the hustle with Tresor at: FacebookTwitterInstagram or his Website

His latest single: “THRILL”

None of this would have been possible without our partners STFD Studios and Mixroom Studios.
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Alice Phoebe Lou is a proudly independent singer-songwriter whose creative confidence shines courtesy of her captivating vocals and stripped back compositions.

Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, she has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.

From growing up in the quiet seaside town of Kommetjie in Cape Town, to opening for the lauded Rodriguez, to collaborating with Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, to being shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Alice continues to forge her own path by asserting her hard-earned independence.

Outro Song: “Witches”  Apple Music and Youtube

Featured tracks:

“She” Alice Phoebe Lou from “Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story” Apple Music Youtube

“Galaxies” Alice Phoebe Lou Apple Music Youtube

“99 Luftballons” Nena Apple Music Youtube

Extra reading:

“Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story”

“Galaxies” Featuring Maiasie Williams curated by Majestic Casuals

Alice Phoebe Lou’s TedxBerlin Performance

Alice Phoebe Lou Busking in Berlin – “Rebel Rose”

Maisie Williams’ “Daisie” App

Take a journey with Alice at: FacebookTwitterInstagram or her Website

Her latest album: “Live at Funkhaus”

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Ryan Murgatroyd is a bonafide legend of South Africa’s electronic music scene.

Rising to prominence in his solo capacity, but also as one half of the DJ duo Crazy White Boy who consistently churned out massive chart and dance floor bangers in the 2000s, Ryan has played some of the world’s biggest clubs and stages.

From his building of Soul Candi’s music production courses, to the formation of African collective Bantwanas, to the launch of his own label and imprint Swoon, discover the secret to Ryan’s hard-earned success and respect.

Outro Song: “Is That You?” – Ryan Murgatroyd (Original Mix) Apple Music and Youtube

Featured tracks:

Little Louie Vega feat Blaze – Brand New Day

Soweto Gospel Choir – Umbombela

Extra reading:

The War of Art” – Steven Pressfield

Amsterdam Dance Event 

Floyd Lavine

Blanka Mazimela

Go deeper into the mong with Ryan at: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Catch the latest single from SWOON.

None of this would have been possible without our partners STFD Studios and Mixroom Studios.

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