Spoek Mathambo, Aero Manyelo and Manteiga's Batuk collective release their debut EP and Mozambique-shot video for "Daniel."
Spoek Mathambo, Nandi Ndlovu, Aero Manyelo and Manteiga.
Batuk is the pan-African creative collective you need to know.
For their first project, the group looks to Mozambique as both their spiritual and recording home. Daniel's centerpiece is a thumping four-minute, South African-house-meets-afrohouse jam featuring frequent Batuk collaborator Nandi Ndlovu.
The full EP, consisting of two original tracks plus "Daniel" remixes by German producer Daniel Haaksman, Angolan afrohouse duo Homeboyz Music and Mozambican producer/DJ Freddy Da Stupid, officially arrived yesterday along with the group's powerful debut music video. Filmed in Impaputo, Mozambique, the Kent Andreasen-shot visuals are a spectacular introduction to the style, dance and rituals of Batuk.
According to Spoek, the dancers are from two styles of "spirit dancing" from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe: Nyau and Mapiko. “We were really taken by the movements and beautifully crafted costumes and masks and wanted to explore that in our video,” Spoek tells us.
Batuk are currently completing work on their debut album. Set for release later this year, the project will see the group collaborate with Mozambicans Grupo Zore and Grupo Makarita and Ugandan artists Giovanni Kiyingi, Annet Nandujja and Nilotica.
The Daniel EP can be purchased on iTunes here. Check out a preview via Soundcloud below.