Spoek Mathambo, DJ Spoko & More Tease Fantasma's Debut EP 'Eye Of The Sun'

Fantasma with Spoek Mathambo, DJ Spoko and more tease their debut EP 'Eye of the Sun' with remixes from Hugh and Jumping Back Slash.

Photo by Kent Andreasen

If you've followed Spoek Mathambo throughout his outstanding 2014, chances are you're familiar with the explosive name of Fantasma, a South African "superband" that unites Spoek with PTA bacardi house mastermind DJ Spoko, Durban's Bhekisenzo Cele on accordion/guitar/bass/vocals, and Cape Town guitarist Andre Geldenhuys (Machineri). Though the fourpiece made their live debut in SA back in March, their studio work thus far remains a mystery. And after months of hype, their forthcoming debut EP Eye Of The Sun has shaped up to become one of the releases we're most excited about this year. But alas, team Fantasma has an advanced stream to tie us over until the proper drop, a "Trippy remix of ShangriLa from Hugh" says their soundcloud page. Still no word on when we should expect the full EP. For now, listen to the preemptive rework below.

Update 6/3: The "ShangriLa (Hugh Remix)" was taken down, but you can now stream a remix of the title track from UK/Cape Town's Jumping Black Slash. Listen to "Eye Of The Sun (Jumping Back Slash Remix)" below.

Update 6/11: If you missed your shot at previewing remixes from Hugh and Jumping Back Slash, the good news is there's a new double dose from a (now) signed Fantasma. "We are signing an album deal and will start recording in July as soon as we are back from Europe," said Spoek today via facebook. To celebrate they've unveiled one of their earliest tracks, the foot friendly "Peaking." Moments before that drop came a new remix from Cape Town bassmaker Maramza. Listen to both tracks below and follow Fantasma on their recently launched facebook page over here.

Photo by NurPhoto via Getty Images.

A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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