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Okayafrica TV: Spoek Mathambo's Father Creeper

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Afro-futurist singer/rapper/producer Spoek Mathambo is South Africa’s music equivalent of the mad scientist. The 26-year-old maverick’s sound, a colourful collage of genres and influences from grunge, dubstep to kwaito, has been described as “township tech.” His unique blend of music has earned him both critical acclaim and loyal audiences from the continent and across the Atlantic. The former med student spoke to Okayafrica TV in sunny Brooklyn yesterday about his second full length project, Father Creeper (Sub Pop), due for release today. Mathambo tells us about the Xhosa roots of his cover art, the remaking of "Let Them Talk," and the organic development of his sound. The Father Creeper launch party is March 22, 2012 in NYC (details to come), buy the album here.

Video shot by Myo Campbell.

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

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Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

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Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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