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Spoek Mathambo Shares 'Ubombo,' A Blistering Remix Of A Classic South African Song

South African artist Spoek Mathambo releases "Ubombo" a booming remix of one of his favorite Madala Kunene songs of the same name.


Spoek Mathambo returns with "Ubombo" a blistering rework of a classic Madala Kunene song of the same name. The artist created the remix as a tribute to one of his musical heroes, "two years ago I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Madala Kunene at his home... a beautiful and great musician [and] someone I hope everyone can have the chance to see and hear play. He makes beautiful and transcendent music. So surreal so dreamy so trippy," mentions Spoek in an e-mail to Okayafrica. 

The original song is one of the musician's favorites and he jumped at the opportunity to put his own spin on the hypnotic South African blues tune, "I first heard it through the remix that Smith & Mighty did, and have been obsessed with it since. As much as I loved the Smith & Mighty version I've always been a little pissed off that there was no killer South African version of this... classic South African song." The result is a highly-amplified cut infused with booming conga and electronic bass drums. Spoek delivers high-energy, rapid-fire verses in between deepened vocal samples.

The track is the first of many songs and videos that the artist will release in anticipation of his upcoming album which is slated to drop next March. Be on the lookout for those releases, and listen to Spoek's "Ubombo" flip below.

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An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war — which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable — has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

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