Which is all that I seem to be doing these days, I have been asked to go on the radio by a work colleague to talk about where I am from. I know, like WHAT? Me, the shyest person in the world?
It is unlikely that I will have the guts to actually do it, in fact I feel ill just thinking about it. I really don't do the speaking thing and my voice sounds terrible, so whispy and insubstantial. I am not keen to do it at all. But I am useless at saying no to people, so if I do end up doing it, I need to come up with a selection of South African music for him to play.
It is a local hospital radio station and I am reckoning most of the listeners will be old, so I am going for old school, easy listening kind of stuff. I think kwaito may not go down so well with this audience. So far this is the cheesy list I have come up with:
- Johnny Clegg- English and some Zulu
- Mango Groove (hahahahahahahahahaha) ahem- English
- Amampondo - Xhosa
- Freshlyground - Xhosa and English
- Miriam Makeba - Xhosa
- Parlotones/ some other softish rock - English
- Springbok Nude Girls (hmm, not so easy listening but they are just so legend) - English
- Maybe some Ladysmith -Zulu
What else? I need ideas of classic songs in all languages. Do you know of any legendary bands or songs I am missing out on? In any language, official or not? He wants an eclectic mix because the whole point of the show is different cultures.
And what FreshlyGround song should I use? I am not a fan at all, but I reckon they will go down well with older folk.
Lastly, there is a grevious lack of Afrikaans liedjies on that list. What are the classic Afrikaans songs, man, I can't recall any? I prefer the older ones, but maybe you can suggest the latest hit to me as well?
And anything that I have missed. Please, any suggestions would be hugely appreciated.
I want to represent well, even if I give them music that no one actually listens to any more :)