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Fantasma Share 'Want Your Love' Produced By Jumping Back Slash & Ft. Nandi + Nongoma

Spoek Mathambo and DJ Spoko's Fantasma share a new track produced by Jumping Back Slash, "Want Your Love," featuring Nandi and Nongoma.


Last year Fantasma, the all-South African "supergroup" of Spoek Mathambo and DJ Spoko, made their grand introduction with a top notch EP that included two of our favorite tracks and videos of 2014. With their debut album, FreeLove, on its way in March via Soundway Records, the band has new music for us with a one-off track produced by the UK/SA's Jumping Back Slash. The first in a series of high energy songs that won't appear on the forthcoming record, "Want Your Love" is a springy jolt of 80s snares featuring guest vocals from Johannesburg-based sisters Nandi and Nongoma. Listen below and scroll on for our short Q&A with Spoek about the new track and what's to come for Fantasma in 2015.

Okayafrica: How did the track come about?

Spoek for Fantasma: Firstly, I guess it's a really crazy time in our civilization. A really violent, numb, weird time, so the song in its groove asks the question, "what is love in 2015?" Spoko likes to say love is pain...

Our band's a year old now and we're coming to a new level with the sound. We're getting to know each other better...and really original ideas are coming together. A huge part of being a new group is also the come-up, the hustle, the struggle to be noticed in a really busy, competitive and over saturated music world. This track and the session that conceived "Want Your Love" was about us hanging out excitedly after a month apart. We just want to up the stakes with the sound and energy of our music. We want you to feel our love.

Okayafrica: Who are Nandi & Nongoma?

Spoek: Nandi and Nongoma are our sisters, we've been working a lot with them in the last year, live and in the studio. We are the Fantasma family. They feature A LOT on our upcoming album. They're both incredibly talented musicians, it's so fun hanging and working with them. The fact that they're sisters, as in share a mama and papa, means they've had their whole lives to figure amazing harmonies and ideas out. Love them. Here's a song of Nongoma's:

Okayafrica: What are your's and Fantasma's plans for 2015?

Spoek: Hopefuly playing live a lot more. We'll definitely play in SA. We'll be in Europe in March... Hope to get to the other continents as well. People should holler at us for clubs, festivals, naming ceremonies, weddings, divorce parties, bar mitzvahs, etc.

We have a ton of new music and new visuals. We are dropping "Shangrila" video next week. I just saw the last cut and it's very crazy, a fun link to the track.

Our album, Free Love is dropping in the week of the 10th March 2015 on Soundway Records. Before the album we'll be sharing a series of loosies.

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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