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Spoek Mathambo's Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series: Aero Manyelo

Download the latest in Spoek Mathambo's 'Future Sound of Mzansi' documentary mixtape series, featuring music from Aero Manyelo.


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 in two weeks at the Durban International Film Festival (and with Johannesburg and Cape Town screenings to follow in August), Spoek has promised to roll out a series of Mzansi mixtapes dedicated to artists and genres featured in the doc. So far he's delivered with top notch tapes devoted to DJ Spoko, Okmalumkoolkat, and KZN's mysterious Qgom sub-genre. This week Spoek lets Herbal 3 Records' Limpopo-born founder Aero Manyelo take the reins with a supremely infectious, bouncy, house-influenced 50 minutes of "new, exclusive, unreleased tracks and some classics from himself and the herbal3 familia." Listen on below and grab a free download while you still have a chance.

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Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

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The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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