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Trailer for Spoek Mathambo’s upcoming ‘Future Sound of Mzansi’ documentary.

From Kwaito house and township funk, to Shangaan electro and
sghubu sapitori, South Africa has fast become home to a burgeoning and ever-growing culture of various inter-related strands of homegrown electronic music.

South African jack of many creative trades Spoek Mathambo is now using film to document the musical and cultural history, as well as the present state, of all these various genres of music in the country.

“We traveled around South Africa to explore our rich electronic music scene. For years there’s been a strong movement of producers, instrumentalists, vocalists and most importantly, party goers, giving themselves to new ideas of African electronic music…Our mission was simple, to meet up with some of our heroes, colleagues, competition, and co-conspirators…an ever potent gang of electronic music pioneers sculpting The Future Sound of Mzansi.”


Released last week, filmed on location in Johannesburg, South African visionary and afrofuturist artist Spoek Mathambo’s latest single and music video, Awufuni, is an homage to 1960s South Africa popular Mbaqanga music all-women group Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje.

Sampling their song of the same name, Mathambo heads in a completely direction to what we’ve become accustomed to hearing from him, with a lighter, catchier and more playful sound and aesthetic.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women


A music video for South African artist Spoek Mathambo, a cover of the Joy Division classic “She’s Lost Control”, directed and shot by Pieter Hugo and Michael Cleary.

[Control] explores the world of township cults, street preaches and teen gangs and was shot on location in a squatted train boarding house in Langa, Cape Town. The cast is mainly made up of the neighborhood kids who run their own dance troop, Happy Feet.

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Fresh Fusion Sounds and Cinematic Visuals Dominate Debut Video from South Africa’s Fantasma.

An emerging five-man Afrofuturist collective from South Africa, Fantasma consists of experimental rapper Spoek Mathambo, producer DJ Spoko former Machineri guitarist André Geldenhuys, drummer Michael Buchanan and maskandi multi-instrumentist Bhekisenzo Cele.

The brainchild of Mathambo, Fantasma’s sound is a fresh and innovative hybrid of experimental sounds that weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk - all of which are seamlessly evident in their debut track from their debut EP of the same name Eye of The Sun.

Can’t wait for more videos and their full-length album in early 2015.

Director: Travys Owen
Wardrobe and Styling: Gabrielle Kannemeyer
Cinematography: Stan Kaplan and Travys Owen
Editing / Post production : Dylan Wrankmore
Additional effects : Sabrina Ratté
Produced by: Sevi Spanoudi at Black Major

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Spoek Mathambo’s Future Sound Of Mzansi Mixtape Trilogy

Spoek Mathambo has released the second installment of his Future Sound of Mzansi Mix. Mathambo describes Volume 2 of his Afrofuturist musical odyssey as ’AFRO ROCK SOUL FUNK INDIE ELECTRONICA IN THE TIME OF UNREST’. You can stream Volume 1 which was an exploration of electronica/beats/house music from the new wave of South African producers below, and keep an eye out for part 3! 


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Last year, South African musician Spoek Mathambo flipped Joy Division’s “She Lost Control” into a disorienting pastiche of dubstep, new wave, and South African electronics, trading the female interest of Joy Division’s original for a frenetic meditation on the concept of “Control” itself.

Spoek, together with photographer Pieter Hugo–who also documented Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry in Nollywood–and cinematographer Michael Cleary, just dropped the video for “Control.” Who knew township occultism and gangs of South African kids shared something of the pulse of post-punk dirges?

Spoek Mathambo’s Township Tech: A Glimpse of South-African Worldtown


Spoek Mathambo’s collaboration with Vodafone’s Firsts initiative creates a new story in South African music.

A few days ago, we posted a new recording from South Africa artist and music producer Spoek Mathambo that featured a as part of a wider initiative he was involved in for Vodafone’s Firsts.

In this short video, as he travels to two provinces in South Africa, Spoek talks about how this particular collaboration came about as well as the winder context of South Africa’s rich multicultural indigenous heritage that inspired this project. It’s a great exploration into the world of various aspects of South African traditional and non-pop music, as well as the layered dynamics of the meeting of the historical and contemporary.


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Parlophone will be releasing the album, which apparently features input from Johannesburg's Spoek Mathambo and vocals from James Blake, Mumford & Sons (??) and Maverick Sabre.

The album, Mi Mandela, is out on 24 November, and you can pre-order it here. You do you, Idris. You do you.