So Lebogang Rasethaba and Nthato Mokgata’s (Spoek Mathambo) new documentary Future Sound of Mzansi is set to make its South African debut in July at the Durban International Film Festival. The film is a look at South Africa’s electronic music landscape through key players like DJ Spoko, DJ Mujava, Nozinja, Okmalumkoolkat, Zaki Ibrahim, Jumping Back Slash, Culoe De Song, and BIG FKN GUN. In the meantime Spoek is hyping his film with a set of mixtapes featuring the artists featured in the film. So far we have had one featuring Okmalumkoolkat and another featuring DJ Spoko.
About the Okmalumkoolkat mix Spoek writes:
The mix is filled with rare, exclusive, unreleased tracks and some classic bars from Okmalumkoolkat. He is a visionary vocalist/visual artist whose work is an exciting example of the sounds coming out of SA right now. He has collaborated with producers from all over SA as well as far afield as Austria and the UK, to create a unique mixture of futuristic, distinctly South African tracks.
About Spoko’s mix Spoek writes:
As part of a series of Future Sound of Mzansi promo mixes, Spoko’s done this 60min mix, showing his wide range of styles including pitori house, shangaan electro, and the raw sound of Bacardi House, the genre he invented that now rules over the clubs of Atteridgeville. Bacardi House has been fermenting for a decade. For three years in the early 2000s, DJ Spoko travelled 40 miles south to Soweto, where he studied sound engineering in the studio of Nozinja, creator of the hyper-speed, hip-shaking Shangaan Electro style. Spoko pushes that sound’s simple yet ear-worming “space” synths, raw kicks and punishing military snares even further.
Pic Credit: DJ Spoko and Okmalumkoolkat performing at Kitcheners in Johannesburg by Maxine Rothbart-Thomik: Courtesy of Below the Bassline