Spoek Mathambo’s Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series: Maramza

The latest installment of Spoek Mathambo’s Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series features 67 minutes from Cape Town beatmaker Maramza.

Spoek Mathambo and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba's Future Sound of Mzansi has the potential to go down as South Africa's definitive electronic music documentary. With the film set to make its world premier this week at the Durban International Film Festival (and with Johannesburg and Cape Town screenings to follow in August), Spoek promised to roll out a series of Mzansi mixtapes dedicated to artists and genres featured in the doc. So far he's delivered with tapes devoted to DJ Spoko, Okmalumkoolkat, KZN's mysterious Qgom sub-genre, and Herbal 3 Records founder Aero Manyelo. This week Spoek turns the wheel over to Maramza, aka the latest carnation of Cape Town-based producer Richard Rumney.

We first caught on to Rumney's beatmaking persona back in January through his dark and ethereal "Inkwenkwezi" with blue-haired creative Moonchild. When we asked where he's at musically these days, Rumney explained Maramza as the sum of his hip-hop/electro/future kwaito musical parts. "Maramza is actually just the continuation of where I left off with Richard the Third back in 2012. The reason I moved onto that name, is because I felt 'Richard the Third' really doesn’t fit the current vibe I’m into, it made sense when making trill hip-hop and playing indie-dance, but I needed something fresh and Maramza was a nickname I had earned in Studio, a play on my surname, and so I adopted it," he told us in an interview. Since then he's continued to churn out a steady supply of top notch future bass remixes. Now Maramza comes through with 67-minutes worth of newer material from himself and his peers on the "Future Mzansi" horizon, including Jumping Back Slash, DJ Clock and Beatenberg, Riky Rick, LV, Card On Spokes, and South African "superband" Fantasma. Listen to Maramza's latest tape for the Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series below and grab a free download here.

Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series: Maramza Tracklist


Sbucardo - Deep Gqom / Okmalumkoolkat - Roundhouse Kick (Acapella)

Maramza - Don Wantchu

Spoek Mathambo - Control

Kanye West x Black Motion - New Slave Thrills

DJ Lusiman ft. DJ Vista - Oh My Gosh (OMG)

Jumping Back Slash - Plateaux

Maramza - Back In My Arms

DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg - Pluto (Maramza Remember Mix)

Moonchild & Maramza - Inkwenkwezi

Riky Rick - Nafukwa

Uhuru - Y-Tjukutja ft. Professor, Oskido & DJ Bucks (Maramza Remix)

Pyro - Jacob Zuma (Maramza Remix)

DJ Zinhle - My name Is ft Busiswa (Maramza Remix)

LV feat Okmalumkoolkat - Sebenza (Maramza Galactic Voetsek)

Fantasma - ShangriLa ft. Moonchild (Maramza Remix)

Card On Spokes - Ladders (Jumping Back Slash Remix)

K.O (Feat. Kid X) - Caracara

iFani - Ewe (Maramza Remix)

Alaska vs Riri - Accuse Diamonds In The Sky


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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