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A South African podcast that believes you can learn from experience, but that experience doesn’t have to be your own. Conversations with creative South Africans hosted by comedian and music journalist Bob Perfect.

Winner of the 2019 Durban Creative Award for Best Podcast.

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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 comedy special on Showmax. If you don't want to watch the video, well, here's the audio for you to enjoy. Follow Neil on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neilgreen82/ Subscribe to the Almost Perfect Live Stream: https://youtu.be/Mi87hTmoqKc
Samora Chapman is a photographer, writer, and journalist. Samora will be exhibiting at the Durban Art Gallery with Cedric Nunn in an exhibition called 'Revelations' from 23 Sep - 10 Nov. Quite an achievement for a street photographer who first started exploring the streets as a graffiti artist. Samora has come a long way since his rebellious youth although he still regularly nurtures the surfer/graf kid inside. In this podcast, we take a look at the journey that got Samora to this point in his career. From the humble beginnings of just trying to get photos of his paintings to being exhibited in one of Durban's most prestigious galleries. Samora has constantly hustled by creating his own exhibitions and opportunities. Now, he's earned a place on hallowed walls. We reminisce over our shared experiences in the Durban creative scene. Samora was the editor at Mahala whilst I ran things at Durban Is Yours so we exchange tales from those trenches. We also hear where Samora has faced backlash and what he's learned from it. Enjoy. Keep up with Samora on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samora_chapman/ Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Episode 107 - PJ Black

Episode 107 - PJ Black

2021-09-0301:06:30

PJ Black is a professional wrestler. He's wrestled in 65 countries over his storied career and it all began under his father's tutelage here in South Africa. PJ has held titles in countless wrestling promotions including the WWE as Justin Gabriel, but these days it seems like he's mostly just focused on having a good time both inside the ring and out. When he's not doing 450 Splashes off the top rope, he can be found jumping off of buildings and out of planes.  In this podcast, we get into the history of how PJ went from refereeing matches in South Africa to wrestling at Wrestlemania and beyond. PJ shares how a potentially career-ending injury lead him to meditation and the life-changing impact that it's has had on his life. It turns out that there are also meditative aspects of falling through the sky. We get into why PJ chose ROH over going back to the WWE. We discuss the creative aspects of wrestling and what it's like to always be performing on a razor's edge in front of a live audience. PJ shares how he came to join Lucha Underground and just how fun it was to team with Jack Evans. And we also chat about what it would mean for him to achieve his life-long dream of wrestling at The Tokyo Dome. Enjoy.  Keep up with PJ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pj450/ Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Sipho The Gift is a musician. He started out his journey as a kid with a guitar but soon found himself drawn to ALL the instruments. It's this deep love of all the mechanics of music that gives him a unique edge. While Sipho is best known as a rapper, I think his production might actually be his biggest strength. I've watched his career steadily grow over the years so it was a treat to get to chat with him at a point where it seems like everything is coming together for the independent artist. In this podcast, we dig deep into what it's like to be an independent alternative artist in a genre that's saturated with copycats just trying to get signed. South Africa has an amazing diversity of hip-hop being created and consumed online but you'd never know it by listening to the radio. We also chat about how the internet has made Sipho's independence possible. That independence takes a lot more work though, as you'll learn as we discuss the business side of the music business. Enjoy. Keep up with Sipho on Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsmesipho Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/thexgift Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siphothegift/ Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Episode 105 - Atalya Chana

Episode 105 - Atalya Chana

2021-08-2001:15:32

Atalya Chana is a writer, actor, and director. You might have seen her on your screens in The Haunting of Maria Smit, On Isibindi Street, or the critically acclaimed feature film Necktie Youth. If you haven't yet, well, you'll get to see her in the upcoming feature film Thokoza, or in Sweet Wild Things which is set to air on BET Africa. Atalya keeps busy, and not just in front of the camera. Thorns, which was written and directed by Atalya, recently aired on SABC1 and will be touring the festival circuit while she starts working on bringing her next short film to life. In this podcast, we learn just how adaptable and tenacious the dynamic artist is. She originally started her career as a dancer before an accident brought that to a premature end. Not only is she adaptable, but she's resourceful. Atalya's career is one that's been built through constant collaboration and dog-eared determination. It's also a career that's been built on portraying darker roles, and we get into why. Atalya shares how acting can be a vehicle for healing and self-discovery. We also hear how her acting and writing experience gave her the foundation she needed to start directing without feeling like too much of an imposter. Enjoy. Content Warning: Suicide. Keep up with Atalya on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atalyachana/ Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Fortune Shumba is a musician and brand strategist. The soulful singer has had an incredible journey fraught with highs and lows that's lead her to a space where she's found peace with herself and empathy for others. While she used to dream of achieving fame and fortune through music, it became a tool for self-discovery and expression instead. In this podcast, Fortune shares the importance of letting her light shine through the darkness. We hear what it was like growing up queer in small towns and how Fortune used music to unleash her true self. Fortune shares the heartbreaking story behind her trilogy of EPs. We also chat about some of the nuances of gender identity as Fortune shares her experiences as a trans woman. It's an eye-opening chat. Enjoy. Content warning: Suicide and rape.  Keep up with Fortune on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fortune_shumba/ Photography by Loyiso Mzamane. Makeup and art direction by Qondile Dlamini. Hair by Navelye Ntumba. Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Episode 103 - Stiff Pap

Episode 103 - Stiff Pap

2021-07-0901:12:44

Stiff Pap is an electronic music duo made up of Ayema Problem and Jakinda. The post-kwaito musicians recently released their second album TUFF TIME$ and it's taking the internet by storm. It's the only place they can take by storm at the moment, with lockdowns now a regular part of life in South Africa. TUFF TIME$ is a direct result of being locked in a room for months with only your anger and frustration fueling you. In this podcast, we hear about Stiff Pap's move to Joburg just before the pandemic hit. Things were going great for one of SA's most exciting musical projects. They had international tours and experimental local events in the pipeline but that came to a screeching halt in 2020. While we obviously talk about the shit that we're currently in, we also have plenty of laughs as we look back at the early days of Stiff Pap. We hear how they became friends thanks to Soundcloud and how it eventually lead to them making music together. You're definitely gonna get a feel for their relationship through the back-and-forth banter. It turns out brutal honesty is the secret to their high-quality output. We also hear their plans and ideas for when it's safe to perform again and what they'd like to do when given a decent budget. Enjoy. https://almostperfect.co.za/stiff-pap-almost-perfect-podcast-103/ Keep up with Stiff Pap on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StiffPap Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/StiffPap Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stiffpap/ Photo by Unathi Mkonto: https://www.instagram.com/unathimkonto/ Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Rofhiwa Maneta is a writer and arts and culture journalist. He's been incredibly influential in documenting SA's cultural scene over the years. You've no doubt read his work in the likes of New Frame, City Press, the Mail & Guardian, the Sunday Times, Vice and The Fader. Rofhiwa has also self-published multiple books, with his latest, Your Father, The Hip-Hop Head, drawing praise from his contemporaries and mentors alike. It's a collection of candid essays about fatherhood and black boyhood through the lens of hip-hop that expresses the fears, insecurities, and self-reflection that comes with bringing another life into this world. In this podcast, we lament the decline of journalism and share our tragic tales of chasing invoices when you're on the freelance grind. We learn what it's like to grow up with parents who are in the police force, especially when you're listening to music that doesn't have the kindest things to say about cops. Rofhiwa and I nerd out on Bo Burnham, Henry David Thoreau, and Jean Baudrillard. And Rofhiwa shares why he thinks you should never self-publish, or buy property when you're young. Enjoy. Keep up with Rofhiwa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_Rofhiwa_ Look out for his book, A Man, A Fire, A Corpse, from Blackbird Books in September: https://blackbirdbooks.africa/ Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Caryn Welby-Solomon is an entertainment journalist and podcaster. Like many of us, Caryn saw her life turned upside down when lockdown hit. After years of grinding away, she'd finally been hired as the entertainment writer for Cosmopolitan magazine- a dream job- only to have her dreams come crashing down when Cosmo closed its doors. After a week of feeling sorry for herself, Caryn got to work. A year later, she's got bylines with most of SA's top entertainment publications and her podcast 'What's IGN Crushing On' has just celebrated its first birthday.  In this podcast, we learn the importance of creating opportunities for yourself. Caryn has constantly invested in herself even when opportunities have been scarce. It's allowed her to be ready when they do present themselves. Caryn has a genuine love for entertainment journalism and it comes through in this conversation and in her work. Her ambition and tenacity are an inspiration. You're gonna finish this one feeling motivated. Enjoy.  https://almostperfect.co.za/caryn-welby-solomon-almost-perfect-podcast-101/ Keep up with Caryn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/carynwelbys Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carynwelby/ Support the podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/almostperfect
Holy shit, we fucking did it. 100 canonical episodes of a podcast that nobody asked for but now you can't live without, right? Well, I can't. This is a look back at the last two and a half years of celebrating fuck ups, failures, and falling flat on your face. I've gathered together 14 clips from the past 99 episodes that I think represents the best of what this podcast has to offer. It would have been a few more snippets if Eskom wasn't a poes but here we are. Here's who features in this retrospective: Episode 3 - Neil Green Episode 7 - Lindy Johnson Episode 18 - Leigh Vermaak Episode 19 - Nas Hoosen Episode 38 - Charl Blignaut Episode 49 - Loyiso Madinga Episode 53 - Ebenhaezer Dibakwane Episode 61 - Nicci St. Bruce Episode 63 - Annie Brookstone Episode 65 - Majozi Episode 79 - Phumlani Pikoli Episode 81 - Moonchild Sanell Episode 90 - Hallie Haller Episode 94 - Loyiso Gola Enjoy.
Episode 98 - Vulane Mthembu

Episode 98 - Vulane Mthembu

2021-05-2101:55:43

Vulane Mthembu is a musician and someone I'm convinced is trying to bring about Skynet. You might know him from his work with BIG FKN GUN and Moonchild Sanelly, but lately, Vulane has been diving deep into the worlds of AI, VR, XR, and a bunch of other initialisations I don't know about yet. Most notably, Vulane guided AI into creating an album he called 'Nguni Machina'. It's all open source for anyone to experiment with however they like. In this episode of the podcast, we talk about how the future is here and is forcing interesting conversations. We get into some of the potential applications of AI in music and art and what that means for humans. Vulane is passionate and optimistic about using tech to bring about a better world but is aware of its dangers too. Vulane shares details on a number of forward-thinking projects that he's working on with the Goethe-Institut, from creating uniquely South African VR spaces to using Wikipedia to decolonise the internet. It's a fascinating chat. Enjoy. Keep up with Vulane Mthembu on Instagram, Twitter, and Mixcloud. If you have 2 minutes and would like to help make the podcast better, please fill out this short survey? Thank you. Enjoy this interview? Check out these Almost Perfect interviews with more South African musicians.
Episode 97 - Kai Pretorius

Episode 97 - Kai Pretorius

2021-05-1401:18:36

Kai Pretorius is a dancer and teacher. Originally from Ramsgate, Kai now calls Amsterdam home after growing up in Durban. While Durban gave her a solid foundation and regular work at the top of the food chain, moving to Amsterdam saw Kai having to come to terms with being a small fish in a big pond. She had to find different ways to support herself whilst reimagining what the dance dream meant for her. Through perseverance, self-reflection, and learning new dance forms and practices, Kai has been able to overcome her initial failures to carve out a fruitful and meaningful life in Amsterdam. In this episode of the podcast, we get into how Kai got into teaching dance and why it's such a good fit for her. Kai shares how she had to let go of what she'd learned before to incorporate new dances into her skin. We learn about the somatic practice and discuss how dance, movement, and touch can be a catalyst for physical and mental healing. Kai and I reminisce about our past as frenemies and how much we've grown since our more fiery days. We also dig into Kai's reality TV past as we hear about her So You Think You Can Dance journey. Enjoy. Keep up with Kai on Instagram. If you have 2 minutes and would like to help make the podcast better, please fill out this short survey? Thank you. Enjoy this podcast? Check out these Almost Perfect interviews with people who cut their teeth in Durban.
Tell Us More is a podcast hosted by comedian, writer, and TV personality Mojak Lehoko. Mojak and I have interviewed each other on our respective podcasts before so we figured we'd team up to give you the crossover episode that nobody asked for but everybody needs. In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the realities of comedy, writing, and podcasting in South Africa. Both Mojak and I share our thoughts and opinions freely in what turned out to be a rather cathartic chat. This is more of a back and forth conversation than our usual interviews.  We find a lot of common ground but also get to have some interesting discussions where we differ. It turns out we're just two skater boys brought up by single moms trying to forge our own paths in the world. Enjoy. Listen to Tell Us More on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Follow Mojak Lehoko on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you have 2 minutes and would like to help make the podcast better, please fill out this short survey? Thank you. Enjoy this podcast? Check out these Almost Perfect interviews with more South African comedians.
Episode 95 - Paul Gioia

Episode 95 - Paul Gioia

2021-04-3001:19:31

Paul Gioia is a musician, teacher, and recording studio owner. He's the guitarist and singer for ATFN, a punk-influenced prog band that was formed back in 1998, and has been recording bands and artists at Asylum Studios since 2000. He also holds an Honours in Music from Tuks. Paul's had an extensive career but a hand injury at the peak of ATFN's fame nearly ended it too soon. Thankfully, Paul managed to work through it. After a 14-year hiatus, the band put out a new EP called 'Reverence' in 2019. 2021 has seen them get picked up by Mongrel Records with a number of singles on the way. The first of which is 'Pathology or Pantomime' which dropped today. In this episode of the podcast, we get into the highs and lows of making, teaching, and recording music. Paul talks us through the whirlwind ride of starting a band and going on to find success, only to have the dream come crashing down around him. He shares how he went overseas to get over the pain of not being able to do what he loved, and how The Slashdogs were instrumental in bringing him back home. Paul also explains ATFN's Durban roots as we explore the strong Durban and Pretoria connection in the 2000's rock scene. We touch on mental health issues and the ways we deal with them. We also discuss the reimagining of the meaning behind the band's name (All This For Nothing) now that the members have matured. Enjoy. Keep up with Paul on Instagram. Keep up with ATFN on Instagram, Facebook, and Bandcamp. If you have 2 minutes and would like to help make the podcast better, please fill out this short survey? Thank you. Enjoy this interview? Check out these Almost Perfect interviews with more South African musicians.
Episode 94 - Loyiso Gola

Episode 94 - Loyiso Gola

2021-04-2301:08:09

Loyiso Gola is a comedian. The twice Emmy-nominated host of Late Night News with Loyiso Gola has had a phenomenal career. He's travelled the world telling jokes and earned many milestones that used to seem out of reach for South African comedians. He's performed on Live at the Apollo, was a guest on QI, and recently dropped a one-hour special on Netflix that he's been working on for the last six years called Unlearning. On this episode of the podcast, we get into the intricacies and nuances of learning and unlearning. Loyiso is a deep-thinker who sets aside time to just ponder about the world, and we get to enjoy some of the fruits of that pondering. We discuss the value of extending empathy and understanding to people we disagree with. We get into balancing career and personal life and spending one's time intentionally. And we learn some behind the scenes details about how Unlearning got put together. Enjoy. Keep up with Loyiso Gola on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. If you enjoy this interview, check out these Almost Perfect interviews with more South African comedians. If you have 2 minutes and would like to help make the podcast better, please fill out this short survey? Thank you.
Sibaphiwe "Sibs" Matiyela is a voice-over artist and newsreader. You'll probably recognise her dulcet tones from 5FM although she's had an impressive career that spans multiple radio stations. Starting out at campus radio, Sibs has worked her way through news desks across the country for over a decade. Voice-over work is a natural extension of her talents and something she's excelling at now, but it turns out breaking into the industry was a lot tougher than she first expected. While her radio journey has been put on hold for now due to the SABC's recent restructuring, Sibs is a tenacious and talented woman who won't be held back by adversity for too long. In this episode of the podcast, we get into life before and after 5FM. We hear how she's been dealing with the recent upheaval and discuss some possibilities for the future. Sibs takes a fond look back at her extensive career. She fills us in on how hard she hustled to eventually earn a slot on national radio. It's a journey filled with endless phone calls, rejections, and perseverance. Whenever she has been given an opportunity to shine she's done just that. We also discuss her journey with queerness and the importance of representation in media whilst taking a look at some of the more troubling aspects of broadcasting. It's an enlightening and entertaining chat. Enjoy. Keep up with Sibaphiwe Matiyela on Twitter. Check out her voice-over reel on the OSM Website. If you have 2 minutes and would like to help make the podcast better, please fill out this short survey? Thank you.
Episode 92 - Nax

Episode 92 - Nax

2021-04-0901:38:17

Nax (Matthieu "Makkie" Auriacombe) is a musician and producer. Born in France but raised in Pretoria, Nax was destined to make music due to his dad, his uncle, and his brother (Johan Auriacombe) all being musicians. His mom even bought him and his brother their first instruments. Since then it's been a whirlwind ride that's taken him all over the country in a number of different bands. In this podcast, we hear about Nax's early days as the kidofdoom merch guy before becoming the bassist. We get into his solo project, Hello Beautiful, and his time with Beach Party before diving into his current band, Van Pletzen. It turns out that while Van Pletzen is all love, they occasionally have to deal with hate. Nax tries not to let it get to him and shares how he's managed to turn haters into lovers. We learn about Nax and Peach's relationship at Planet Awesome before they formed Van Pletzen. Nax also shares a number of behind the scenes stories that you've never heard before. Enjoy. Keep up with Nax on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yo_nax/ Keep up with Van Pletzen on their website: https://vanpletzen.co.za/ https://almostperfect.co.za/nax-almost-perfect-podcast-92/ If you have 2 minutes spare and would like to help make The Almost Perfect Podcast better, please could you fill out this 10 question survey? Thank you.
Episode 91 - Werner Olckers

Episode 91 - Werner Olckers

2021-03-2602:09:18

Werner Olckers is a musician, marketing manager, and sneaker enthusiast. You might remember him as the frontman for the indie-pop band Wrestlerish. Or you might have bought some sneakers from him at his sneaker boutique, Cop Capital. Werner has a wealth of experience under his belt as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of many facets of pop culture, so this is a fascinating and entertaining chat. In this episode of the podcast, we find out what it was like to be a successful band during the peak of SA's band scene. Learn about the highs, the lows, and why bands both loved and feared touring Durban. We get nostalgic whilst also discussing the traps of nostalgia and living in the past. Werner shares his love/hate relationship with Afrikaans culture and where he's seen positive changes to the culture through alternative music and art. We hear about the effects of growing up surround by pop culture and the entertainment industry thanks to his parents. And we discuss what life has been like since Wrestlerish broke up. Enjoy. Keep up with Werner on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wernerolckers Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wernerolckers/ If you have 2 minutes spare and would like to help make The Almost Perfect Podcast better, please could you fill out this 10 question survey? Thank you. https://us19.list-manage.com/survey?u=2531d05c0dd107158fa4a540a&id=8818aa09e9
Episode 90 - Hallie Haller

Episode 90 - Hallie Haller

2021-03-1201:16:441

Hallie Haller is a writer, director, and creative strategist who cares about media, the future and you. She is the writer and director of the utterly charming short film, Belovely, and is currently working on a couple of different documentary based projects. Hallie is also a ForCreativeGirls mentor, a One World Media documentary fellow for 2020, and a representative of Girls in Film's South African chapter. Not only is she multi-talented, but she's passionate about developing talent and collaborating with others.  In this podcast, we get into the cinema vs content debate and the need for balance between artistic and commercial work. Hallie tells us about her struggles with imposter syndrome and some of the difficulties she's had navigating the film industry. We hear how Hallie has learned to be more intentional with who she works with and we also discuss issues of access when it comes to film. Despite the hurdles, Hallie is a huge advocate for starting where you are with what you have and just creating for the joy of it. There's a lot to learn from this one. Enjoy.  Keep up with Hallie on her website: https://www.halliehaller.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/_sixthsensei_ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_sixthsensei_/ Watch Belovely: https://www.halliehaller.com/work/brine-lemnx If you have 2 minutes spare and would like to help make The Almost Perfect Podcast better, please could you fill out this 10 question survey? Thank you. https://us19.list-manage.com/survey?u=2531d05c0dd107158fa4a540a&id=8818aa09e9
Episode 89 - ByJono

Episode 89 - ByJono

2021-02-2601:21:48

Jonathan Ferreira aka ByJono is a photographer, content creator, and streamer. Jono started his career with a passion for documenting the scene in his hometown of PE. He has gone on to become one of the most recognisable names in SA music photography. In this podcast, we get into the struggles of trying to make things happen in a small town. We hear how he came to work for Red Bull and what it was like to be mentored by photographers he idolised growing up. We look back on the time we were in a blogging competition against each other. And, we chat about streaming and the positive effects it's had on his mental health during lockdown. Enjoy. Keep up with Jono on his website: http://byjono.co/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/byjono Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/byjono/ Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/byjono Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/husbint If you have 2 minutes spare and would like to help make The Almost Perfect Podcast better, please could you fill out this 10 question survey? Thank you. https://us19.list-manage.com/survey?u=2531d05c0dd107158fa4a540a&id=8818aa09e9
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