Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Bones (a.k.a Mathambo) Have Spoek-en

Spoek Mathambo is what happens when you mix electronica, house music, kwaito, metal and an 80's style hip hop rhyme scheme. This young south african artist-producer, an 'Afro-Futurist' (check out his website) as he describes himself, makes ill beats that will leave you skanking and headbanging, and generally looking cool around your friends, who will be impressed that you know about such an underground yet sickening artist. His latest album 'Father Creeper' even got a 4 out of 5 star review in the very particular Guardian (here it is!) so you know hes doing something right! Spoek to me represents a trend of post-Apartheid artists producing work that is well rooted in the South African political experience, but still somehow manages to be Pan-African in a sense and reflect the influence of Globalization. Check out this TEDxSoweto talk of Spoek explaining his creative process. Not only is he a G musically, but the brother can hold a room!

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