Spoek Mathambo Live
London Rich Mix
May 20th 2017, 8pm
There is little doubt that South Africa is one of the most exciting musical hubs in the world today, and who better as its ambassador than the inimitable Spoek Mathambo.
With two solo albums under his belt (not to mention his collaborative projects Fantasma and Batuk), Spoek Mathambo is a true music activist, showcasing and stretching the limits of electronic music and hip hop. On his new album Mzansi Beat Code, released in April, he pushes it one step further, abandoning vocals to focus on production, creating a sophisticated yet densely woven landscape which mixes various South African house schools (Bacardi, iGqomu, Sghubu), Classical House, Techno, Rap and folk music Kwazulu Maskandi.
Armed with a Roland sampler and his laptop, Spoek heightens offbeat rhythms to build sound collages where percussion, bouncing guitars, and a bewildering array of samples (excerpts from phone conversations, radio interviews, speeches, sketches, old TV shows etc) intersect.
Mzansi Beat Code, is also Spoek’s tribute to all past, present and future South African musicians for the strength they give it. South African culture is alive, and brimming with more energy than ever. Spread the word.
Spoek Mathambo will be playing live at the Rich Mix on May 20th as part of the ‘Serious Space’ Festival. The festival offers a programme of innovative new work coupled with a range of contemporary music and collaborative arts projects. It provides a platform for showcasing exciting new artists alongside more established acts who are presenting new work and live music across six nights in club venues; a vibrant addition to the area’s diverse calendar.
For Tickets visit: http://serious.org.uk/events/spoek-mathambo
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