Music industry veteran Benjy Mudie does a deep dive into what makes the music world tick.
From interviews with leading artists, songwriters, publishers, radio DJs, label insiders, and producers, to stories from nearly 50 years in music. Sometimes funny, and often irreverent and controversial.
He'll take you inside the backrooms and the back stages of the South African music industry. The concerts, the parties, the politics, the hedonism, the highs and lows of a headlong career.
Along the way, Benjy passes along advice on how to chart the stormy and ever-changing landscape of the modern music business.
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The Magic Man | Neill Solomon
Neill Solomon explores his world of music, art, film and theatre.
Neill Solomon journeys through fifty years of making original folk, rock, pop and world beat with side trips into performance theatre, painting, film soundtracks, the creative process and composition. His endless quest to use music as a tool of social awareness and change is inspiring and Neill also touched on poaching, freedom songs and refugees and how these causes have colored both his thinking and his art..
Sex, Drums & Rock and Roll! | Danny de Wet
A hilarious Danny de Wet lets rip about the madness in the music.
Danny de Wet is one funny guy...a natural storyteller of note, he has been, as he calls it, the `lead drummer` for some of the biggest South African bands in rock: eVoid , Petit Cheval., Electric Petals and Wonderboom plus a myriad of other outfits. He has also been a record company executive, tour manager, analytical chemist, club owner and author among other things. In this hilarious by-the-seat-of-your-pants episode, Danny brings the house down with his tales of life on the road, band politics rock excess and everything else in-between. A true one-of-a-kind legend, his stories will have you shaking with laughter and disbelief !
Powers to the People! | PJ Powers
PJ Powers opens up about Hotline hits, fame, Mandela & The Queen, and more.
My guest in this episode of From the Hip with Benjy Mudie hardly needs an introduction; she is one of South Africa's most successful musicians with over 40 years of hit-making under her belt and is responsible for some of the most iconic songs in our musical history including Jabulani, Feel So Strong, You're So Good to Me, World in Union, and many more. Singer, philanthropist, author, and human rights activist she is included in the prestigious list of the Top 100 Great South Africans and one of this country’s most recognizable and enduring performers. It is indeed a great pleasure to sit in conversation with PJ Powers.
One for the Fadgets! | éVoid
éVoid come clean about Shadows and life on the fame rollercoaster in the 80s.
This was an in-depth conversation with Lucien Windrich (éVoid guitarist and vocalist) and Erik Windrich (éVoid keyboardist and lead vocalist), the founding members of the iconic 1980s South African band éVoid.
They pioneered an innovative fashion style adopted by legions of fans called 'fadgets' and embraced African and ethnographic musical influences, creating a unique 'ethnopop' fusion style. éVoid exploded in popularity in the early 1980s with hits like 'Shadows' and 'Taximan'.
They also give some personal insights into the heady whirlwind period of éVoid mania', playing massive concerts like Ellis Park Stadium in 1984 and their move to the UK.
No Substitute! | Cindy Alter
Cindy Alter unpacks her career from Clout to Nashville and back.
Singer-songwriter Cindy Alter is no shrinking violet! With dollops of humour and candour, she reminisces about her time in South Africa's most successful pop export, Clout, scaling the heights of the global music business, travelling the world, and selling millions of records. Her band, Zia, were at the forefront of the Afro-pop movement of the 80's and enjoyed huge international success.
Cindy comes out guns blazing about the insincerity and backstabbing of the music industry, her battle with the twin enemies of dread disease and indifference, and her move to Nashville to pursue her songwriting. This riveting tale of a rock and roll warrior survivor who has remained true to her heart and art is essential listening.
Rabbitt, YES, Hollywood - the inspiring story of a musician | Trevor Rabin
Trevor takes you on his journey to pop, rock, and film superstardom.
Trevor Rabin has scaled the heights of pop superstardom with Rabbitt, global recognition and chart success with prog rock demi-gods YES, and conquered the highest echelons of the competitive Hollywood motion picture soundtrack world with nearly 50 blockbusters to his credit. This is the story of a Joburg boy's dream to achieve global recognition as a musician.
Benjy and Trevor reconnect for the first time in 40 years, and they have a blast reliving his journey and also discussing his new album "Rio". You will hear hit songs from every part of his career, courtesy of Trevor.