Progressive electronic music from South Africa: Spoek Mathambo

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. His goal of making music is to be progressive without forgetting his roots. As the front-man of the electro rap outfits SWEAT.X and PLAYDOE. Spoek Mathambo has become an increasingly prominent figure in the international music scene over the last couple of years.

Last year, Spoek Mathambo released his solo album, Mshini Wam for BBE (BBE Records), and has built a live band with Richard The Third (producer), Jakob Snake (drummer) & Nic Van Reenen (guitarist) in order to tour the project. The release of this project was particularly exciting as a sign to the world of what (South) Africa has in store in terms of progressive electronic music.

As a DJ, Spoek’s HIVIP project, which is promoting South African music, has gathered widespread attention. and was covered by the New York Times and Fader Magazine. He has been also touring Europe.

About the video

This is lovesick dubstep at it’s best, ghostly and syrupy through the koppies and quarries of Cape Town. The video, War on Words, features the story of a heartbroken widow performing pagan ceremonies to bring her dead husbands back to life…if only for a night. Her lovers are maggot ridden corpses, struggling through the dark passages of purgatory.

Directed by Josiah Bourguet
Styling by Urban Mosadi & Spoek Mathambo
Make-Up by Gwendoline Isaacs