Sound it Out #12: Spoek Mathambo "Put Some Red On It"
Johannesburg's Spoek Mathambo (real name: Nthato Mokgata) makes music that blends traditional African sounds with very current electronica, goth, rock and dubstep elements. He's described it as "township tech" and the result is extremely weird and addictive.
Mathambo is also a producer and graphic designer – he takes his personal post-Apartheid experiences and weaves them into his songs and artwork in a unique and compelling way.
"Put Some Red On It" is an insider's take on the South African diamond conflict. It's moving and fun and sounds like the future to me. Spoek Mathambo's new record Father Creeper comes out March 13th.
Bonus: Mr. Mathambo has made several visually stunning videos. Check them out here.