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Stream An All-New Bacardi House Mixtape From DJ Spoko

DJ Spoko drops the 42-minute #CueMarshal Mixtape of unreleased Bacardi house sounds.

DJ Spoko performs at Okayafrica Presents: Black Coffee, DJ Spoko + Electrafrique at SummerStage in Central Park on June 15, 2014. (Photo: Jake Salyers)


After setting his sights on the rap game earlier this year, South African producer DJ Spoko returns to his ‘Bacardi house’ roots with his latest project, the #CueMarshal Mixtape. Spoko says he’ll continue to make hip-hop–or more specifically, a sub-genre he’s termed ‘Kasi Rap.' In the meantime he’s dropped a full 42-minute tape of unreleased Bacardi sounds, Spoko's signature kwaito and house-influenced style that pairs jolting military drums with pitched-up melodies.

The project is a tribute to the “cue marshals” that pushed his tapes at the start of his career–and were thus central to the dissemination of Spoko's Bacardi house. As a young producer in the Pretoria township of Atteridgeville, Spoko would take his tapes to the taxi ranks where a “cue marshal” would inform him which taxis and drivers had good sound.

That was in 1998. Now, seventeen years later, Spoko says his Bacardi sound has evolved, and he’s using what he calls his “Bacardi v3.0” sound to thank the individuals that advanced his career early on.

“I’m paying respect to that one guy who shouts ‘Shosha, Mabopane Station, Hamaskraal’ all day, telling the people which taxi is going where,” Spoko tells us over email.

"The taxis made me in every way for playing my sound,” he says.

Spoko recorded the eleven-track project at his home studio in Atteridgeville. The tape features the guest vocals of NeoLi, Thandi and Mandla, all new artists under his Ghetto Boyz Music label.

Stream the #CueMarshal Mixtape in full below.

The #CueMarshal Mixtape Tracklist

01. #666

02. Maybe Keya lora

03. Predator

04. In the heart of the nite

05. Love of my life ft. Thandi

06. She love me not ft. Mandla

07. Swimming with Her

08. Lerato ft. NeoLi

09. If you want my love ft. NoeLi

10. Stand up ft. Mandla

11. Sleeping Alone ft. Tracker

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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