Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

One of the hosts of The Sobering podcast seated in front of a microphone. The Sobering is one of the most popular podcasts in South Africa.

6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.

The Cheeky Natives

‎The Cheeky Natives: Mphuthumi Ntabeni: Broken River Tent on Apple Podcasts

A literary podcast hosted by two literature freaks, Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele and Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane. The podcast, which is usually recorded live before an audience, sees the two hosts interview (South) African authors about their work and the literary industry. If you love literature, just subscribe and listen to conversations with authors such as Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Sihle Mthembu, Panashe Chigumadzi and more.

Stream The Cheeky Natives on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

​The Sobering

‎The Sobering: S04E02 ft Scoop Makhathini on Apple Podcasts

Hosted by three knowledgeable and highly opinionated hip-hop heads, Kitso Moremi, Kabelo Moremi aka Lil Frat and Javas Skolo, The Sobering is one of the longest-running hip-hop podcasts in South Africa, having started in 2015. The trio has no holds barred conversations with their guests, who are usually hip-hop artists. Ginger Trill, Scoop Makhahini, Stogie T, Loot Love and Fred Mercury, among lots of others are some of the guests that have been interviewed on the podcast.

Stream The Sobering on Apple Podcasts and Spotify


​The Almost Perfect Podcast

‎The Almost Perfect Podcast: BONUS: Bylwansta - Roots Up TV on Apple Podcasts

Durban-based writer, critic and comedian, Bob Perfect holds conversations with artists, fellow critics and cultural figures in his podcast, The Almost Perfect Podcast. He has interviewed the likes of Aewon Wolf, Lex LaFoy, P Kuttah, ByLwansta and a whole lot more. If you love listening to spontaneous conversations that don't sound like interviews, while gaining new insights on the subject, this podcast is, well, perfect for you.

Stream The Almost Perfect Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

​The Dojo SA

‎Rev It Up (feat. Sir Spits & Kevadventures) - Single by The Dojo

Listening to The Dojo SA is like embarking on a journey without knowing the destination. The conversation between the hosts DesNoTutu and The Sensei and their guest (if they have one) steers itself in its own direction. Hip-hop forms a huge part of The Dojo SA, but the conversations expand to varied topics like race, relationships and just life at large. Guests such as Amu, Fortune Masina, Sizwe Dhlomo and Dr Sindi Van Zyl have all contributed to engaging episodes of the podcast, which has been around since 2016.

Stream The Dojo SA on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

This Audio is Visual

This Audio Is Visual - Koketso Tube by This Audio Is Visual • A podcast on Anchor

Hosted by multidisciplinary storyteller Andiswa Mkosi, This Audio is Visual is a podcast that focuses on photography. She interviews a different photographer in each episode about their work and how they navigate their way in the industry. As a photographer herself, Mkosi knows the right questions to ask to get insightful responses from her guests. She has interviewed the likes of Tseliso Monaheng, Andile Buka and Puleng Mongale among a few others.

Stream This Audio is Visual on Anchor, Spotify and SoundCloud.

​Mashstartup Podcast

‎Mashstartup Podcast: How To Build Partnerships & Quantify Value on Apple Podcasts

Mashudu Modau engages African entrepreneurs about their journeys in their careers in his podcast Mashstartup Podcast. The podcast goes beyond profiling guests but further ensures they share their insights on various aspects of the start-up and entrepreneurship world such as building good relationships, dealing with failure and rejection. Modau describes himself as an "eco-driven specialist, youth entrepreneur and part-doctor" and is passionate about the start-up space.

Stream Mashstartup Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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