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Stream DJ Spoko's 'Motota Mutapa' Off His 'War God' LP [Premiere]

Stream DJ Spoko's bacardi house jam "Motota Mutapa" off his upcoming War God LP.


South Africa's DJ Spoko is on the heels of the release of his debut album War God, the producer's follow-up to last year's dominant Ghost Town EP. The expansive 20-track LP furthers Spoko's explorations into 'bacardi house' — an original production style he's been cooking up for years in Atteridgeville while fine-tuning his engineering skills under shangaan electro mastermind Nozinja and, most famously, helping craft the drum pattern behind DJ Mujava‘s massive hit “Township Funk.” 

War God showcases several shades of Spoko's frenzied, kwaito-influenced beatwork, which pairs gritty military snare drums with pitched-up space synthesizer melodies to make for some downright addictive jams. "I can't cause the war alone,” mentions Spoko of the album’s title. “Now, I have the right generals by my side. Each and every song is a soldier. They have come together to move the music of the township to another level." Stream "Motota Mutapa," premiering here today, below and grab DJ Spoko's War God LP out tomorrow 9/23 on Lit City Trax.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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