Zoë Modiga is a lady who’s been on our interview bucket list since we first saw her face and heard her voice on TV. There’s something incredibly captivating and unique about the songs that she writes, and coupled with her bold, slick style she’s become a musical force to be reckoned with.

Hailing from an academic family and infused with the very essence of township community, Zoë has embarked on a journey that has seen her tour the world and collaborate with some of the finest musicians of our age, all peppered with a sense of self that inspires calm and reflection in all that encounter her music. 

Outro: Isegazini – Apple Music

Set List:

Open Your eyes – Apple Music

Me – Apple Music

I Wish – Langa Mavuso feat. Zoe Modiga – Apple Music

Fall Down – Apple Music

Umdali – Apple Music

Inganekwane – Apple Music

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While we are cooking away at our new season we are bringing back this gem that really deserves to be heard again.

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 

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

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

Sun-EL Musician – Bamthathile ft. Mlindo The Vocalist  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. 

 

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We can confidently call Vulvodynia the most successful South African metal band of all time, making some of the most incredibly fantastic and brutal metal ever to come out of this country. They’re just busy smashing expectations all over the place, raising the bar for themselves one release at a time.

 

From crazy stalkers to just “getting by”, Vulvodynia is a global metal phenomenon who continue to grow their audience, one single at a time. 

 

Outro:

 

Eternal Wasteland of Galaxies – Apple Music Spotify YouTube

 

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And finally, Season 8 is upon us and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing you the stories that fuel our favourite musicians. This season also has a bit of everything to satisfy even the most eclectic fan, so without further ado, here’s just a taste of what you can expect this season from Bylwansta, Vulvodynia, Zoe Modiga, Shortstraw and many more!

As promised: catch our first live episode HERE!

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Our Season has come to an end and while the team is taking a well-earned break, I want to highlight just one more episode that I can’t get enough of. My interview with James Blake was sort of a bucket list one for me and he also exemplifies what it means to be one’s truest self and live life unapologetically saying: YouAreOn

 

Ray-Ban is your reflection in the mirror of your truest self, it is the shade on a hot summer’s day, it is your own focus through any spotlight that may be on you. Together, Texx Talks and Ray-Ban are saying: you got a challenge for us? YouAreOn

 

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. YouAreOn. 

 

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James Blake is a man who has gripped an entire generation with his melodic prowess and lyrical aptitude, making music that is steeped in an EQ that few of his contemporaries can match. 

 

We love him here in South Africa and every time he goes live on Instagram we make up 90% of his audience and drop highly inappropriate, but always hilarious comments to show him just how much we love his singularly unique sound. 

 

Tecla chats to James Blake ahead of our four year wait for his new album, Friends That Break Your Heart, about dog training, how to get by in a lockdown, and why going blonde isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and much more!

 

Set List: 

 

We Might Feel Unsound – Apple Music

Love What Happened There – Apple Music

Say What You Will – Apple Music

Godspeed – Apple Music

 

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Over at Texx Talks, we realised that we had been going for one hot minute. Almost two years, just under 100 episodes and, with some deft sidestepping of the pandemic at large, we have our first episode recorded live, in front of an audience!

 

Armand Joubert and the “Legend of Leggeh”, Peach van Pletzen join host Tecla Ciolfi as they look back on the episodes that were, and how everyone has been making sense of life in the latter part of 2021. 

 

There are bad FX, mandatory tequilas and just one hell of a good time in this one, so sit back and put yourself in the room for Texx Talks’ very first live recording, from the notorious Romeo’s in Melville, Johannesburg. 

 

A special thanks to Ray-Ban, TOMS and Victoria Falls Gin for making this the best possible time one could have during a pandemic. 

 

Useful Links:

 

Armand Joubert Texx Talks Episode

Peach van Pletzen Texx Talks Episode

 

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And just like that, December is on our doorstep and as the days reach maximum temperature and the kids get cooler, Texx Talks and Ray-Ban are asking you to be ready to express your truest selves and say to any final challenges of the year: #YouAreOn

 

Today has been a momentous one for us because we are currently recording our first live show in front of an audience, something we would have never thought possible without the support of our firm friends, Ray-Ban. So while we get all of that in order, we are bringing you an episode from our vault featuring Portugal the Man, hoping that you will “Feel It Still”.

 

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

 

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

Das Kapital is a Cape Town-born artist, producer and remixer who has made a name for himself with his bold DJ sets that stay with you long after the “jol” is over.   

 

As a champion of South African dance and electronic music, he introduces us to a new generation of artists and genres every week on his radio show and his dedication to the uplifting of our scene is palpable, and who knows what the hell what we’d do without him.  

 

The self proclaimed “hydra of hustle” reflects on a decade in the top flight and what it means to build a culture in an increasingly formulaic world, whilst enabling the next generation of talent, if it has to be at a vaccine site or at a festival. 

 

Outro Song: Meditate – Apple Music

 

Useful Links:

 

“State of the Arts” Documentary

“MD x Das Kapital” Mad Dogs Clothing

In Das We Trust 5FM 

 

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Lucasraps is an artist who exudes a raw sound inspired by his hometown and Durban’s bustling underground hip hop scene.

 

As Def Jam Africa’s latest signee and one of OkayAfrica’s 13 South African Artists To Watch in 2021, this man is a force to be reckoned both on stage and on the charts. 

 

From shooting his shot first with Nasty C and then with DJ Maphorisa, his tenacity paid off and now his talent leads the way, blazing a path that is cool, calm, collected and entirely his own. 

 

Outro Song: MUD- Apple Music

 

Set List:

 

Project Mode Freestyle – Apple Music

Ammo – Apple Music

Preach – Apple Music

 

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A SAMA-winning blues rock guitarist and singer who has captivated us for almost three decades with his extraordinary skills on electric – but also: acoustic guitars. 

 

Affectionately called the “South African Hendrix”, this man has packed venues and dominated festival stages, that anyone would have the absolute honour of watching him perform on numerous occasions and we cannot wait to catch one of his rip-roaring shows in the future.

 

Sit back, turn up the volume and take a trip with Albert Frost as he chats getting compliments from Mick Jagger, how meeting your heroes can sometimes be a let down and some just downright great advice from this evergreen career professional.

 

Outro Song: Storms are Breaking feat. Arno Carstens – Apple Music

 

Set List:

 

The Wake Up – Apple Music

Go Again – Apple Music

I’m Still Here – Apple Music 

Leaving Town – Apple Music 

Together – Apple Music

 

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