PRESENTED BY ELLE FRANCO
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Part of a new breed of African artists, 24 year old Spoek Mathambo (Rapper/DJ and Graphic Designer/Illustrator) is hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism. Spoek sees himself as a part of a new wave of energy in Africa, which is intent on nurturing a sense of progressiveness while maintaining a pride in culture.
As front-man for electrorap outfits SWEAT.X and PLAYDOE, Spoek Mathambo has become a increasingly prominent figure in the international music scene over the last couple of years. Most recently, Spoek Mathambo has finished recording his solo album, Mshini Wam for BBE, and has built a live band (which includes two dancers) in order to tour the project. The release of this project is particularly exciting as a sign to the world of what Africa has in store in terms of progressive electronic music.
The title "Mshini Wam" is from a famous Zulu song called Umshini wami, (English: My Machine), often sung by members of the military wing of the ANC and the South African pres! ident himself whenever they are in trouble - in their version it means: "Bring Me My Machine Gun". Yet for Spoek Mathambo Mshini Wam has quite a different meaning: "My Machine...A way to express a new wave of electronic African music!". Spoek has risen to become one of the foremost recognised exporters of the new South African club music (which he has coined as Township Tech). He has gathered widespread attention as far afield as the New York Times and Fader Magazine. Spoek Mathambo has been chosen to represent Africa in the Nike Sportswear X The Fader Magazine 'Pitch Perfect' mixtape series, which is a collaboration based around the culture defining magazine. He also has been chosen to be on the cover of Fader Magazine for August/September issue.
Spoek Mathambo has recently been invited to perform and contribute to an exhibition of the top young South African artists at the renowned Mu Gallery in Eindhoven, Holland. In 2009, Spoek Mathambo was invited to The Red Bull Music Academy rooms in Amsterdam to give a talk, as part of his former group Sweat.X, which has been described as: "Cape Town's hyperactive, gutter-mouthed, 'African electro' duo, Sweat.X... armed with a bunch of 'future primitive' rave funk, glitchy melodies and club-friendly glam hip-house, have arrived at exactly the right time." Time Out Magazine
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