Spoek Mathambo and The Frown. Two ground breaking South African artists, known for their mind-blowing live sets and recorded collaborations, both with a unique approach to the aural and visual elements on-stage come together on Saturday the 6th of October for one night at Tanz Cafe in Fourways. Johannesburg for “Pride of Zion”.
Spoek, fresh from an extensive tour abroad, first for the promotion of his Album “Father Creeper” as well as a UK tour on Damon Alban’s “Africa Express”, kicks off his first show back on home soil with old friends and collaborators The Frown for what promises to be a dark sexy electro night to remember!
Date: Saturday 6 October 2012
Venue: Tanz Cafe, Buzz Centre, Witkoppen Drive, Fourways
Lineup: Spoek Mathambo, The Frown + DJ What Woud Lindsay Do (WWLD)
Time: Doors open 19h00
Tickets: R100. Prebook at http://www.tanzcafe.co.za
Pride Attendees: R60 (if you walked the walk bring along your ticket and get discounted entry)
More about the artists:
Fresh from a studio collaboration with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and UK tour with Albarn’s Africa Express (africaexpress.co.uk/) which also featured artists Amadou & Mariam, Fatoumata Diawara, Baaba Maal, Bombay Bicycle Club and Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs among the touring party. Spoek Mathambo heads back to South Africa to set the summer of 2012 alight with the release of his third album in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment Africa kicks off his return with a show with long time friends and collaborators The Frown.
Spoek Mathambo, the stage name of South African musician (Singer-Rapper-Producer-DJ), Nthato Mokgata who is at the vanguard of a new wave of African artists, hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism, a unique vision on electronic music, infusing futurism with a strong sense of pride in where he comes from. It is clearly African music, but like none that has ever been heard or made before. The Johannesburg native started rapping at the young age of 10 and was as much influenced by 90s American rap as the growing wave of Johannesburg rap most energetically exhibited on the YFM radio show, The Rap Activity Jam. Spoek had his own entrance into the music industry upon his move to Cape Town in 2003, through a long creative collaboration with the already prominent South African DJ, Sibot, who mentored the young artist and helped him develop his skills as a recording and performing artist.
The Frown, a South African creative collective of talented musicians, producers and designers, fronted and lead by the dynamic Eve Rakow, have given the South African music scene a firm and welcome wake up call for the musical bar to be raised both live and in the media. Following their success on the MK Channel music video project, the video of their internationally acclaimed song “The National” the world began to take notice. Their appeal is wide, their reach, limitless and they have enjoyed a host of great live shows to cement that fact including stellar performances at Oppikoppi, Grietfest and Old Mutual Music in the Gardens
Further to this indie hit machine Spoek Mathambo has made use of Eve Rakow’s vocals on his track “Melodi”, the track has had much commercial success both locally and Internationally as a download. Spoek and Eve’s collaborations are an on-going project. The Frown were recently filmed in a collaboration on SABC2’s SAFTA award winning reality show Jam Sandwich (airing December 2012) and are currently recording ahead of their release of their debut album due later this year as well as touring extensively.
WWLD (What Would Lindsay Do)
WWLD (ft Anna Ptasinska & Duncan Gosling) are DJ’s and consider themselves glitchy / glammy / piss on yourself music / just because. Genre: alt, ctrl, delete.