Independent Cape Town-based radio station A11 Radio (which TwoPointOh is totally obsessed with) recently started a radio series called Good Sounds Great Music with Ralph Borland.
The show airs every Friday at 20h00 CAT on the independent channel a11radio.com broadcasting live and direct.
In each episode of the newly found show of Good Sounds Great Music with Ralph Borland (an artist, curator and interdisciplinary knowledge worker) joins musical dots through selections from his record collection – a collection that spans over 20 years and includes electro, hip-hop, funk, disco, dub and other genres far and wide.
As he delves into his archive of vinyl during the lockdown, Ralph investigates musical styles and sub-cultures as well as the spaces and places where these movements collide and blur; he shares anecdotes reads liner notes and makes sense of some of the unique ways in which culture and sounds connect. Through this process of discovery, Ralph re-familiarizes himself with his home archive, canonizes key cuts, builds narratives, and takes us on a 2-hour journey of music as well as offering some useful information on the way.
The show airs every Friday at 20h00 CAT on the independent channel a11radio.com; and in the midst of the noise and endless live stories of social media, this off-beat stream offers us a break from the constant notifications, as well as a jive from home while Ralph soundtracks your Friday night spent indoors.
So who exactly is this Ralph Borland guy?
From making mix-tapes on his family’s radio-cassette player as a kid, sitting on the kitchen floor in Cape Town, to teenage clubbing in Harare, and promoting and DJing at clubs and house parties the world over, Ralph Borland has an ear for the synthetic and emotional, following the threads that connect through the history of dance music: from dub and dance hall, through hip hop, electro, house, acid and Hi-NRG and onwards through today’s global dance music and off-the-wall underground sounds.
Ralph works as an artist and curator and has spent a good deal of his life studying (and teaching) the subjects that interest him, from an undergraduate degree in Sculpture and English literature to a Masters in creative electronics, a PhD in design for the developing world, and post-doctoral study in public art and culture and Southern politics.
His artwork is in the New York Museum of Modern Art, and in two public spaces in Cape Town. His long term projects African Robots and SPACECRAFT are collaborations with street wire artists, and their large scale interactive musical wire art sculpture Dubship I – Black Starlinerwas exhibited in the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in 2019.