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True Music Sessions

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Kid Fonque presents the True Music Sessions Podcast bringing artists together from all walks of life to explore how they navigate being an artist in South Africa. The podcast explores their successes, struggles and creative processes, making music born from passion not compromise.

Episode 1: Lemon & Herb

Lemon & Herb talk about their careers and how they create their purely indigenous musical sound.

Episode 2: Sio

Episode 2 of True Music Sessions brings you Sio. Known for fusing her skills as a story teller with her love for poetry to give life to her eccentric music.

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.

Episode 4: Spokes

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

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

Episode 7: Jazzuelle

In this session, deep house engineer Thando Tshoma, aka Jazuelle, takes a seat. He shares his journey – from opening the first-ever Johannesburg Sonar Festival to performing in Barcelona and sharing the stage with a few OGs and big names in the game. Jazzuelle also talks fame, music and staying true to your craft. Have a listen to some of the epic advice he has to share and enjoy his live set straight out of the #TrueMusicSessions studio.

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.

What started as an accident in Soweto, has become a gift to the electronic music scene. At age 12 FKA Mash discovered his talents and has been crafting them with the best. He has performed at the best events alongside the top artists on the scene right now. Tune into the session to find what makes him glitch, followed by a live performance from the #TrueMusicSessions studio.

Episode 9: Felix Laband

Pietermaritzburg-born and Cape Town-based Felix Laband has been killing the game, making tracks that jump, political remixes and soundbites that have been a part of a lot of artists’ musical journeys. His light, emotional, minimalist vibe combines several styles, and samples from classical, jazz and old television recordings with instrumental performances by himself and guest artists. Tune into the session and find out what’s under the cap of this minimal master, followed by a live performance from the True Music Sessions studio.

Episode 10: Daev Martian

A pioneer. A legend in the making. Daev Martian is testing new sounds, breaking new ground and generally pushing South African music to new heights. He’s showering SA with his sound – a futuristic and eclectic gathering of influences from jazz, to hip hop and electronic music. A consistent beat maker, he put his music out on the internet, opening his own doors. Join the session and listen to what makes him tick, followed by a live performance from the True Music Sessions studio.

Episode 11: Beat Sampras

Comprised of David Migwalla and Dylan Fine, the duo formed out of what was supposed to be a once-off collaboration at CTEMF in 2016, and have been combining beats, R&B, soul and trap ever since. Together, they’ve evolved their sound and are bridging the gap between easy-listening and hard-hitting party music.


Effortlessly moving between house, electronica, RnB and kwaito, Nonku Phiri is carving a path for her most impactful musical journey to date. Discovered at the age of 17 courtesy of a serendipitous collaboration, Nonku Phiri has gone on to launch of her independent label, “Albino Black”, an EP and there’s so much more on the horizon. Tune in for a session of inspiring insights, followed by a live performance from the True Music Sessions studio.


Durban-based Kususa’s take on afro-tech has gained this duo local and international attention, putting them on stage with Black Coffee in the clubs of Ibiza. Their claims to fame are numerous, remixed by the best and surging their career to new heights. Tune into the session and find out how they keep the beat going, followed by a live performance from the True Music Sessions studio.