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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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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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