Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spoek Mathambo - Afro-futurism

Meet Spoek Mathambo - the leader of the Afro-futurism movement.

According to his website, 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. Through this journey into the new wave, Spoek Mathambo has become a increasingly prominent figure in the international music scene over the last couple of years.

Hailing from South Africa, Spoek started out as front man for electrorap outfits SWEAT.X and PLAYDOE, but most recently, he finished recording his solo album, Mshini Wam, a bold step forward in African progessive 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 - 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!”.

He's calling this new wave of music "Township Tech" and has risen to become one of the foremost recognised exporters of this new South African club music. He has gathered widespread attention as far afield as the New York Times and Fader Magazine, and he scored an interview with our friends at Passport to Global Sound.

We expect to hear a lot more from this young pioneer! Check out this video off the Mshini Wam album.

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