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Spoek Mathambo Tapped For Vodafone's 'Firsts Initiative'

Tapped to participate in Vodafone's 'Firsts Initiative,' Spoek Mathambo recorded with musicians in three communities around SA.


Expect a new first on the horizon from the always incredible Spoek Mathambo. As a part of Vodafone's's inaugural "Firsts Initiative," Spoek is involved in a project that saw him collaborating with musicians from three communities around South Africa. In keeping with Vodafone's "firsts" theme, the SA-wide collaborative endeavor turns out to be unexplored musical territory for the afro-futurist renaissance man known for playing a mean game of musical chairs. Using cloud mobile technology from Vodacom to upload the recordings, Spoek was able to share the series with a studio team back in Cape Town who were then tapped to turn the "field recordings" into a unified song. Watch Spoek discuss the project below.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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