Duckwrth, Armani Cooper
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 18 and over
"Spoek Mathambo is a slippery post-Apartheid glam-rap prince from Soweto who is descended from distant African royalty, or Jewish, or both. In addition to our online communications trail, I have two weeks worth of phone bills—a Paris mobile, a London office number, some digits that connect to a voice speaking Arabic—to prove how hard it is to catch up to him."
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 (producer, drummer, guitarist) 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 president 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 2010 August/September issue.
Spoek Mathambo has scored hits in the past year on the German club charts. His collaboration with Malente & Dex on the 'Habibi EP' went to #1, and his 'Fever EP' with So Called Friend spent eight weeks in the top 3 of the German Club Charts.
Spoek collaborated with the legendary late photographer, Shawn Mortensen - They created Africa's answer to the Nike AM90 Project.
Recording Artist, Hails from South Central, Resides in SF. Planning on world domination.
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