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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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