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MTB Talk SA is a weekly mountain bike podcast hosted by Brad Brown aimed at the South African mountain biking community. We chat to the who's who of the South African MTB scene, preview races, catch up with experts and give advice from riding your first small race up to the Cape Epic.
 
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Daniel Friedman is a comedian, musician, and writer who you probably know better as Deep Fried Man. Daniel has worn many hats in his career and we take them all off to uncover a career originally built on a love of music. After almost making it as a musician a couple of times, Daniel turned to comedy. He soon found himself skyrocketing to success o…
 
Kevin Goss-Ross is a photographer who got his start in the moshpits of Durban and is now a creative director at an ad agency in Dublin. Kevin made a name for himself as a photographer who captured debauchery, dicks, and drugs, which saw him being pigeonholed by the local industry before he spread his wings and explored new boundaries by moving to I…
 
Mbali Ntuli is a politician who is currently challenging for the leadership of the DA. Considering the DA's history with young black women in their party, it seems like a rather ambitious task, but Mbali is up for the challenge and hopes to be a positive change for the DA and the country. While we obviously get into politics a bit, most of the conv…
 
Gilli Apter is a comedian, writer, and director who has learned to be patient with her passions. You might have seen Gilli on Trevor Noah's Nationwild or Frizz Pop on Showmax, or on stages all around the country as Gilli is certainly one of the hardest working comedians in SA. Gilli has a razor-sharp wit that she honed for years as a writer before …
 
Carvin Goldstone is a comedian but you already knew that. Carvin is one of the most successful comedians to come out of Durban. With multiple successful international tours under his belt and a couple of popular specials on TV, Carvin has been living the stand-up comedy dream for a while now. So imagine my surprise when Carvin started this intervie…
 
Red Robyn is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Wentworth who recently moved to Cape Town to pursue her dreams before, well, you know. The sweet-voiced songbird used to dream of being Britney Spears but these days she just wants to travel with her guitar and spread love. Naturally, that's a bit difficult at the moment, so Robyn has found herse…
 
Lazola Gola is a comedian, writer, and director who first got on stage to tell jokes in high school. While you're never too young to start, you're also never too old to try something new which is why Laz has spent his 30s pursuing directing alongside his comedy and writing. Laz has had such an impressive career already, but it feels like he's only …
 
Kylie Wentzel is an artist. While she can create art in almost any medium, painting is her first love and what she's most known for. With recent exhibitions at highly acclaimed art spaces and upcoming online exhibitions with noteworthy names, Kylie Wentzel is an artist on the rise. Getting to this point though has been a journey fraught with self-d…
 
Patrick Duff is the Marketing Director for Vans for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. A pretty big title but the journey to that title began with working at skate shops in Gateway and giving a hitchhiking 50-year-old bodybuilder a lift. Pat has worked for brands like Nike, DC, and Bata, before finding his home at Vans, so he has a wealth of know…
 
Tiny Mungwe is a producer, director, and project manager (among many other job titles) who has been instrumental behind the scenes of some of Durban's most important cultural projects. It all started with a bossy phone call 14 years ago and there have been many more ever since. While Tiny has been heavily involved in the Durban International Film F…
 
Matt Knight is a pastor. Or, as he prefers, a pastor*. The asterisk is because, while Matt does officiate weddings and funerals from time to time, his role these days is mostly in HR and admin for a collection of 11 churches and an NGO that tackles multiple projects in Cape Town. Matt and I first met in the Burn, Willowvale, and Unit 11 days of the…
 
When launching a brand, there are many different approaches to take to get the word out there about who you are and what you do. While most companies will write up a press release and send it to all their media contacts, we here at Almost Perfect Media would rather bury all the information in a 20-minute monologue that nobody is going to listen to.…
 
Majozi is a musician who first shot to fame in 2015 with his debut pop hit "Fire", although he originally started his music career playing in punk and metalcore bands with friends from school and church. While you may know him from the radio, I know Majozi from the moshpit which I think makes this a rather enlightening interview. In this episode, w…
 
Martin Evans is a comedian who has grown tired of the grind of the stand-up circuit so he's bought a boat and is looking to sail away the second he gets the chance. Martin is one of the funniest comedians in South Africa and has an incredible resume, he just feels like he's reached a ceiling in SA stand-up that he's tired of trying to breakthrough.…
 
Annie Brookstone is a former magazine boss type and current freelance writer and editor who has recently moved from Cape Town to Berlin. Annie pretty much has the dream career as she’s lucked out into watching porn, smoking weed, and masturbating, and then also getting to call it 'research'. When she's not writing about sex, cannabis or travel, her…
 
Schalk Bezuidenhout is an actor and comedian who has been ridiculously prolific in the decade or so he's been in the game. He's got multiple specials out, he's toured the country many times, he's in TV shows and movies, and he even performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. Schalk has a lot of experience under his belt but still feels li…
 
We're pivoting to video, baby! Well, kinda. You'll still be getting a full-length episode of The Almost Perfect Podcast on the podcast app of your choice every (almost) Friday but every Tuesday at 19:00 you'll also get to enjoy the Almost Perfect Live Stream on YouTube. The first episode was with Neil Green and we took a deep dive on his Last Boss …
 
Push Push aka Nicci St Bruce is a musician and one of my favourite human beings on planet earth. Although sometimes I wonder if she even is human and from this planet at all. Nicci is a phenom and someone who has lived a rather eventful life already, so she has a lot to share whilst things aren't all that eventful for most of us. I initially though…
 
Jumping Back Slash is a rather prolific producer and sound engineer who calls Knysna, South Africa home after originally being from a small town in Wales and spending his youth in the London music scene. JBS has had a long career in the entertainment industry but he's currently loving living out his "late-era Kate Bush" life, creating music in his …
 
To provide the masses with local entertainment during these trying times, we teamed up with Roots Up to bring you this live-streamed interview with Bylwansta ahead of the video drop for his bedroom performance of Nightcrawlerz. It's a short, unedited chat about where we're both at atm and we take a look at what inspired Bylwansta to write a song ab…
 
Feel it, it is here. South Africa is officially in lockdown and things feel weird as fuck. This isn't an episode of The Almost Perfect Podcast so much as a diary entry about how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking on this historic day where essentially "nothing" is happening. I don't know if it'll be useful to you but maybe you'll find comfort in con…
 
Judd Campbell is a restaurateur who has been feeding Durbanites for the better part of a decade. While many of you will know Judd from his plethora of coffee shops and restaurants, I doubt you know the story of how Judd got started in the world of hospitality. I'll let Judd tell you how he became a waiter on the cast, and from there you can learn h…
 
Robin Thirdfloor and Rhea Blek are two of Durban's most original musicians. Back in the day, that would have been a problem but these days Durbanites are supporting unique and original sounds more and more so things are looking good for Durban's musical power couple. We sat down together the morning after a particularly raucous First Thursdays even…
 
It's a two for one special on this episode of The Almost Perfect Podcast. Kate Pinchuck is a comedian, actor, writer, and teacher, and Ryan Harduth calls himself a "comedy uncle" but really he's one of the people behind the scenes getting a lot of comedians on TV and stages around the country. I was meant to chat to them separately but things didn'…
 
"And he looks at her and he says 'We're going to a party It's a birthday party, it's your birthday party Happy birthday, darling We love you very, very, very, very, very, very, very much'" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GHyLhbdzN0 It's my birthday this Friday so I thought I'd get a bit reflective by fielding some listener questions for this episo…
 
P-Kuttah aka Verdine Peterson is a DJ, producer, and events coordinator based in Jozi but who got his start in music in Durban. This turntablist extraordinaire is a former SA DJ Champion and SAHHA winner who has been a part of influential bands like T.H.O.T.S (Tree Houses on the Sea) and has been instrumental in helping build the Jozi hip-hop scene…
 
Cath Jenkin is a freelance writer (and chameleon of sorts) who I used to troll on forums back in the day. I know, shocking. Who would have ever thought I was on forums? Despite our early online interactions, Cath has become someone I respect and admire greatly. While she started out in IT, she's continually adapted as the years have gone on and has…
 
Ebenhaezer Dibakwane is a comedian and actor who has been on the rise for a minute now but it's been a hell of a journey to get to where he is today. Ebenhaezer grew up religious but found his life falling apart when he lost his faith. From suicide attempts to living on the streets, we get into some very real topics in this conversation. It's not a…
 
Mojak Lehoko is a comedian, writer, actor, TV presenter, podcaster, and musician. Mojak started out his entertainment career in the rap game before transferring those skills to comedy stages around the country. For my money, Mojak is the best host in SA comedy and I know I'm going to have a good night if he's the MC. Through countless club gigs, mu…
 
Eric Jansen is a lekker ou. That, and an actor and comedian. You've probably seen Eric on your TV screens as part of Trevor Noah's Nationwild on Showmax and as an Afrikaans soapy star on 7de Laan and Binnelanders. Only 5 years into game and Eric is already killing it. He's paying the price for his success though by being beaten up by grannies in th…
 
Muzi is a musician who was successful long before you (or I) knew who he was. The DJ, producer, singer, and recent father is starting to blow up in South Africa, but he's been making moves around the world for the better part of this decade. Muzi is the musician who I've interviewed the most in my career. His continued growth has been a beautiful t…
 
Loyiso Madinga is a comedian, actor, writer, and MC who I'm pretty certain you're familiar with. Loyiso is one of four South Africans to have a half-hour special with Netflix as part of their Comedians of the World series, he's the African correspondent for Trevor Noah's Daily Show, has featured locally on LNN with Loyiso Gola and Bantu Hour, has t…
 
Nipho Hurd is a musician and entrepreneur. If you're a part of the Durban music scene, you've no doubt seen and heard Nipho, either on stage or in the crowd supporting other artists. Nipho puts herself and other artists she's passionate about on by organising gigs through her company In Your Backyard, and she pays some bills by helping you look fly…
 
ByLwansta has had a rollercoaster of a year which is why the rapper/designer/art director is the first returning guest on The Almost Perfect Podcast. ByLwansta has taken himself out of his comfort zone and it's taken him around the world. We get into the differentiation between ByLwansta and Lwandile, how he's learning to collaborate more, and we l…
 
Russel Hlongwane is a cultural producer and creative industry consultant who has been quite busy behind, and occasionally in front of, the curtains of Durban arts and culture. Russel has been involved in a plethora of projects that have had varying degrees of impact, but what surprised me the most was to find out he's only been on the path of his c…
 
Tasmin Naidoo is an illustrator and comic book creator. She's the creator of Avocat and his Gaucrocket and The Rusty Bolt - two very different titles that explore subject matter that you may find interesting: pessimism and bar fly stories. We chat about Tasmin's rural upbringing in the KZN midlands and how a childhood of reading books and drawing l…
 
Matthew Rightford is a musician who creates music under the monicker of Albany Lore. Matthew's music is so smooth and groovy and just hits the right spot for me so he's been on my list for a while. He's recently released a track and video called 'Payphone' and has an EP about to drop soon, so we get into all of that as well as his musical upbringin…
 
Sam Turpin is a musician who mostly makes hip-hop music, but not the hip-hop music you’re used to. Sam makes music out of left field that’s inspired by the greats but doesn’t copy them. In this episode, we get into what it's like growing up in a creative household and how Sam found his purpose in music after the loss of his mom. Sam is a deep cat s…
 
Jarcque Henning is the owner of a gaming store in Pretoria called HQ Gaming that specialises in Magic: The Gathering. Regular listeners of the podcast will know that I love playing MTG, and HQ Gaming is one of my favourite stores to play at in SA. Jarcque quit his job in IT to pursue his passion for selling pieces of pretty cardboard to nerds like …
 
It's another solo episode. This time I go over the Heat City Comedy Festival and my one-man show The End of the World. Putting both together at the same time was rather challenging and brought with it many lessons. So, this podcast is a look back at those lessons, both for myself and for anyone who is interested in learning from my experiences. It'…
 
Sanele Cele is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who has always gone against the grain. His unique hustle has lead to him building a unique career where, along with creating his own highly sought-after label that all your favourite musicians wear, Tepracha, Sanele has worked with brands like New Balance & Markham, and exhibited at SA Fashion Week…
 
Camilla Pontiggia is a multi-media artist who mostly wears the hat of filmmaker these days. Camilla recently took the plunge from the safety of gainful employment to the unbuckled roller coaster that is freelance life. This lead to her attending the Durban Film Mart at this year's Durban International Film Festival where we met at a round table dis…
 
Charl Blignaut is one of the most important people in South African arts and culture but he'll tell you he's just doing his job. Charl is a prolific writer, producer, critic, teacher, mentor, and all-around contributor to making art in South Africa, and someone who engages deeply with that art. Charl has written and produced countless important Sou…
 
You've probably been wondering what's happening with the podcast. Don't worry, there are still plenty of cool interviews lined up for you but for now I'm focusing on organising the Heat City Comedy Festival and finishing writing my second one-man show "The End of the World". That means I haven't had the time need to prep up and interview someone el…
 
Ross Charles is a musician who recently made the top 16 of The Voice SA. Ross definitely deserves it as he has a phenomenal voice and has been putting in the grind as a regular feature on the Durban gigging circuit for a few years now with Stone Palace and as a solo act. I still remember the first time I heard him sing and that's probably the highe…
 
Mx Blouse is a musician who took the long road to get there. They started out as a political journalist and then got into fashion journalism, before immersing themselves in the Cape Town music scene and coming out of it as someone who no longer just contributes to the pages of magazines but instead now graces the covers. Mx Blouse is gender non-bin…
 
Keenan Cerff is a comedian who is on the pursuit of happiness, whether it's providing it for others or just doing the one thing that makes him happy- stand up comedy. That pursuit seems to be working out well for Keenan as he's now travelling the country doing comedy, although he really wants to share his jokes with the world. He's opened for some …
 
Leah Jazz is a comedian, writer, and radio presenter on 5FM. Leah has tried her hand at a few different careers in her 24 years on this planet but seems to have finally found her purpose with comedy and radio. Her path is an unconventional one but looking back, it all makes sense that it would lead her to where she is today. Leah and I have known e…
 
Luke Molver is an illustrator, writer, and comic book creator. He's independently created his own universes and pushed his own titles for years, but recently he's been hired to work on a series of books about Shaka Zulu, the first of which has already received praise and awards both locally and internationally. Luke is deeply passionate about comic…
 
Jon Shaban is a musician who plays both as a solo act and in the band The Shabs. He also has an events company called Sit the Folk Down that specialises in putting together gigs for singer/songwriter types in and around Cape Town. Jon is a phenomenal artist who creates deep, heartfelt, catchy folk-punk songs. Whether on his own or with the band, Jo…
 
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