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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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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The voice of a new generation. 

Nasty C is a multi award-winning rapper who, despite growing up in Durban, the home of kwaito, house and gqom, carved a different path for himself in hip hop. 

This path ultimately saw him become the youngest ever recipient of an award at the SA Hip Hop Awards in 2015, release a triple-platinum selling album in 2018, and ultimately go on to sign to a historic deal with Def Jam Records in early 2020. 

Having toured 32 new markets last year alone, this trailblazer has a knack for filling up arenas and dominating the stage, and at only 23-year-old he is undisputedly the voice of a new generation with a third hit album (A Zulu Man With Some Power), mini-documentary (Origins) and a Netflix special (Zulu Man in Japan) under his belt in 2020 so far.

Outro Song: Bookoo Bucks Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

No ID – Sky’s the Limit (instrumental) – YouTube

Nasty C – Bookoo Bucks Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Nasty C – There They Go (Instrumental) YouTube

Extra Reading:

Nasty C- “Origins” Documentary Apple

Nasty C – “A Zulu Man in Japan” Netflix

Def Jam Recordings Africa

MASSIVE shout out to Nasty C and Universal/ Def Jam Recordings Africa for the generous use of their music in bringing this podcast to life. 

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In this episode we’re doing things a bit differently, getting African pop phenomenon and good friend to the show, Tresor, back at the mic for our first official catch-up. And it’s fitting because his original podcast was one of our most streamed of all time. 

The last time we spoke to Tresor, he promised Texx, when we did this again it would be at his beach house in Malibu and we feel like it would have been, but Covid-19 really went and screwed everything up.

But – clearly it hasn’t stopped him from grinding because – break out the champagne – his third album, Nostalgia, has officially been certified GOLD.

So sit back and listen to history in the making as we catch up Tresor now and follow things up with his original podcast from back in May.

 

Outro Song: “Dancing With The Moon”  Apple Music  Spotify  YouTube

 

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

34:45 : Hugh Masekela – Grazing in the Grass 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

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J’Something has been the smooth voice and face of SA’s most beloved house music trio, from the City Of Gold, for over a decade.

Alongside pianist and producer Dr. Duda and trumpeter Mo-T, this singer and guitarist has dominated as the frontman of the chart-smashing group Mi Casa, as their unique fusion of urban jazz and Afro-house took root in the hearts and minds of people all over the globe.

From the intense rush of the first Mi Casa show, to beating the fatigue associated with commercial stardom, to his latest sustainable farming endeavour, J’Something has proven to be a humble and grounded journeyman for every purpose.

Outro Song: Mamela Apple Music Spotify Youtube

Featured Tracks:

These Streets – Mi Casa Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Loliwe – Zahara Spotify YouTube

Jika – Mi Casa Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Sober – Mi Casa Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Obsessed – Mi Casa Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Eve – Mi Casa Apple Music Spotify YouTube

Banza and Patsy – Mi Casa Apple Music Spotify YouTube

MASSIVE shout out to Mi Casa and Universal for the generous use of their music in bringing this podcast to life. 

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And just like that our little “break” is over and we’re back at it. 

 

We obviously want to thank each and every one of you listening and for the amazing support that you’ve shown us from the very first episode drop. We started with a little idea in March and now, tens of thousands of downloads later, we are about to embark on our most ambitious season yet: a three month run with an episode drop every Thursday, right up until New Years Eve!

 

For Season 3 we have double the amount of international acts on the bill, and naturally, more of the best South African and African talent as we continue our quest to spotlight the best our music scene has to offer.

 

So if you haven’t already – subscribe to Texx Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox or.. any other place you can imagine that streams pods – so that you’re never out of the loop.

 

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