True Music Sessions

Ballantine’s stands by artists who go against the grain and always remind us about the freedom that comes with passion and creativity. We stand by creatives who use their music to stand out, connect, make connections, start conversations and celebrate diversity.

Kid Fonque presents #TrueMusicSessions podcast brings different artists, from colourful walks of life, together to explore how they navigate being an artist in South Africa. It explores their successes, struggles and creative processes, making music born from passion not compromise.

We are available on all the streaming platforms:
Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Spotify, Apple Music, Castbox & Deezer

Episode 1: Lemon & Herb

In Episode 1 of the new Ballantine’s podcast series, True Music Sessions, Kid Fonque interviews Lemon & Herb. They talk about their careers and how Lemon & Herb create their purely indigenous musical sound.


Episode 2: Sio

Episode 2 of True Music Sessions hosted by Kid Fonque brings you Sio. She’s known for fusing her skills as a story teller with her love for poetry to give life to her eccentric music. They’ll be speaking about the highs and the lows of being an artist in South Africa.


Episode 3: Dwson

Deep house and dub fanatic Dwson (pronounced Dawson) chats about his approach to music, keeping things current and his unique take on the local deep house scene. Join in for his interview and a live performance from the #TrueMusicSessions studio right here.


Episode 4: Card on Spokes

In Episode 4 of True Music Sessions, Shane Cooper, otherwise known as the creator of Cards on Spokes talks jazz, hip hop and house and the unique style he’s been crafting over the years.


Episode 5: Ziyon

It’s episode 5 of Ballantine’s podcast series, True Music Sessions, Kid Fonque sits down with Jonathan “Ziyon” Hamilton, songwriter, producer and co-founder of soul/house duo Liquideep.


Episode 6: Gina Jeanz

Feast your ears on the curated mixes of Gina Jeanz in episode 6 of Ballantine’s podcast series, True Music Sessions with Kid Fonque.


Episode 7: Jazzuelle

We’re blazing through our list of True Music artists and episode 7 of Kid Fonque presents True Music Sessions is already here.


Episode 8: FKA Mash

Fka Mash has been on the rise to the top since he broke into South Africa’s music scene. In Episode 8 of Kid Fonque presents True Music Sessions he unpacks the story behind his rise to fame.