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South African Superband Fantasma's First Track 'Sefty Belt'

Listen to South African superband Fantasma's 'Sefty Belt' (featuringJOSIAHWISE IS THE SERPENTWITHFEET), the first track off their debut EP.


Photo: Kent Andreasen

South African "superband" Fantasma's forthcoming debut is undoubtedly one of the releases we're most excited for this year. The group unites Spoek Mathambo with Attridgeville PTA's "bacardi house" founder and hero DJ Spoko, Cape Town electric-blues band Machineri's guitarist Andre Geldenhuys, Durban’s Zulu maskandi multi-instrumentalist Bhekisenzo Cele, and most recently drummer Michael Buchanan. Though Fantasma teased us with a surprise slew of remixes (which were quickly pulled from the web) back in June, we truthfully we had no idea what their hybridized music, which a press release described as "electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk," would sound like. Needless to say our hopes were high, and today Fantasma made their grand formal introduction.

"Sefty Belt," which premiered on The Quietus, is the very first track to come from the Eye of the Sun EP. Spoko's imprint is clear from the get-go with his signature military snare in full effect before launching into full bacardi pandemonium. Guest vocalist and Okayplayer First Look Friday alum Josiahwise Is The Serpentwithfeet, who first linked up with Spoek on their cross-continent file exchange project CasaCosmica, takes the song to the heavens with his gospel-powered pipes. Three minutes in Spoek comes through with a short but jumpy verse. The Eye of the Sun EP arrives November 3rd via Soundway Records. Pre-order it here and listen to the first track "Sefty Belt" below along with the EPK for the release. For more from the Fantasma crew listen to/download Spoek's Future Sound of Mzansi Mixtape series, one of which is 49 minutes of hits, exclusives, unreleased material, and future bangers from Spoek's bandmate DJ Spoko.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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