Concert review: Spoek Mathambo – hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism

Venue:  Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park (NY)
Date: August 7, 2011
Concert reviewed by Ravish Momin

“Where’s Spoek?”, my cousin Alap asked.  Nobody knew.  We’ve tracked back a few years to when Spoek’s band Playdoe was providing tour-support for Dalek in Europe.  It was Playdoe’s first European tour, and apparently the boys had gone a bit wild!  “We’d almost considered asking the tour manager to replace them!” Alap joked outside Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park.


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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. Continue reading