By Nomali Cele
Podcasts are on the rise globally. South African podcasts are not far behind. Podcasting is a (relatively) affordable way to broadcast ideas and allows the creators to be as niche as they want with their subjects. If you are looking to consume content on the go or at your own schedule, these South African podcasts may be well worth your while.
The Cheeky Natives
When it comes to South African podcasts, Cheeky Natives is an institution. The podcast was founded by Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele and Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane and covers literature. As far as book podcasts go, The Cheeky Natives isn’t a free for all, rather “For Us, By Us” highlighting books by black people for black people.
Since, maybe, 2016, the podcast has become an interesting and crucial point of conversation when South African authors release new work. The podcast has hosted interviews with all your favourites including Zakes Mda, Zukiswa Warner, Mohale Mashigo, Sisonke Msimang, British-Jamaican poet and author Yrsa Daley-Ward and Lidudumalingani (2016 Caine Prize and 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship winner).
Listen to The Cheeky Natives speak with “These Bones Will Rise Again” author, Panashe Chigumadzi
The Matte Project on Kaya
Hosted by beauty expert and Afropolitan, Mathahle Stofile, The Matte Project on Kaya is a podcast that uses beauty as the starting point of its conversations. The guests have included professor and author, Pumla Dineo Gqola, media veteran Melanie Bala, singer-songwriter Amanda Black and many others. With them, the women bring various stories from their lives and some of them are about what they put on their skin. But more than anything, the conversations on The Matte Project on Kaya critique beauty politics and standards.
Fatty Boom Boom
Presented by Whitney Greyton, a Namibian woman based in Johannesburg, Fatty Boom Boom is a podcast that centres body politics. She hosts from a plus size and body positive lens and draws the listener into a world where being fat isn’t a source of shame or “bad”. The podcast mixes its core topics with popular culture and internet culture.
Listen to the “Fat and Dating” episode episode of Fatty Boom Boom
Here at Kaya 959 we’re have embraced the world of podcasts and have created original digital podcast content. Along with The Matte Project on Kaya, we have launched a few other South African podcasts. If you like conversations around food and everything it touches, Peas in a Pod with Kagiso Mnisi is the podcast for you. You are probably familiar with IN THERAPY, a podcast we launched last year, which centres mental health. We also have The Gram Sham hosted by Jo Laurie that followed after her viral Instagram hashtag, which explores the URL world the IRL world and how we present ourselves on the former.
Masechaba Vilakazi takes us on an eight-episode journey into the township economy with Entrepreneurship in the Township Economy. Kagiso Mnisi goes on a sotrytelling walkabout with some of the most interesting people in Johannesburg. I Know What You Are Thinking shares everything from a collector’s story of vinyl to a writer’s readings.
Most recently, we’ve added Umoya, which is a podcast that unpacks African spirituality. The bi-weekly podcast is produced and hosted by educator and education activist Athambile Masola and writer and filmmaker Milisuthando Bongela.
Which South African podcasts are at the top of your list?