Stream Fantasma's 'Eye Of The Sun,' The Title Track Off Their Debut EP

Stream South African "superband" Fantasma's "Eye Of The Sun," the title track off their debut EP via Soundway Records.

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"Sefty Belt," the first official track to come to light from South African "supergroup" Fantasma, has been on heavy rotation in Okayafrica HQs since it first introduced us to heavenly military snares in late August. The five-man band, whose debut EP Eye of the Sun we've been looking forward to all year, unites afro-futurist renaissance man Spoek Mathambo with Attridgeville Pretoria’s bacardi house hero DJ Spoko (whose debut album War God arrived last month on Lit City Trax), guitarist Andre Geldenhuys (from the Cape Town bluesy rock band Machineri), Durban maskandi multi-instrumentalist Bhekisenzo Cele, and drummer Mike Buchanan. According to their bio, the group's hybridized take on future Mzansi music "weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk."

Today they've unveiled a second cut off the five-song EP, the frenetic title track. "Eye Of The Sun," which premiered over at Dummy, is the more psych-influenced of the group's twin offerings– this time Geldenhuys' guitar and Cele's bass taking command alongside Spoko's hyper-speed production and a pair of verses from Spoek. Eye of the Sun (which can be pre-ordered here) is due out 10 November via Soundway Records. Fantasma are set to make their first ever UK headline show at the 100 Club in London on 18th November.

In related news, back in June Spoek began letting loose a series of solid mixtapes dedicated to (and sometimes assembled by) key players on South Africa's electronic music landscape as a part of the Future Sound of Mzansi Mix Series. With the film set to begin its first string of South African screenings this month, the series returns today with 29 minutes of reworked and warped hip-hop-influenced bass from Cape Town's glowLDB beatmaker Wildebeats.

Wildebeats Future Sound of Mzansi Mix Tracklist:

1) Ophelia x Wildebeats - Torture

2) The Brother Moves On - Party @ Parktown Mansions (Wildebeats remix)

3) Wildebeats - Oxidate

4) Wildebeats - Cape Ether

5) Wildebeats - Dikeledi Drums (2697)

6) Brandy - Who is she 2 U? (Wildebeats remix)

7) Wildebeats - Bo$$ed Up

8) Michael Jackson - Thriller (Wildebeats Button Bashers remix)

9) Wildebeats - Saxy Gel (Fever)

10) Wildebeats - S.R.G. 2 ft. Seferino

11) Madonna - She's Not Me (Wildebeats Remix V2.0)


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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