Spoek Mathambo teamed up with the San People x DJ Spoko x Mash.O on 'Pula,' as a part of his participation in Vodacom's 'Firsts Initiative.'
<p>We've been on the look-out for <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/07/02/mixtape-spoek-mathambos-escape-from-85/" target="_blank">Spoek Mathambo</a></strong>'s latest project since we caught wind <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2014/01/14/spoek-mathambo-vodafone-firsts-initiative/" target="_blank">last week</a> that the afro-futurist heavyweight had a new "first" up his sleeves. Teaming up with <strong>Vodafone</strong> for their recently launched <a href="http://firsts.com/content/vodafone-firsts/home/spoek-mathambo.html" target="_blank">Firsts Initiative</a>,' Spoek set out to collaborate with musicians in communities across SA using cloud mobile technology to upload and share the recordings with a studio team back in Joburg.</p><p>Chopped and unified into one song, Spoek's latest effort arrived today in the form of the eclectic, multi-lingual banger "Pula." The cross-generational collaboration, which features vocals from the San people of Platfontein,, <strong>Bheki Cele</strong>, and <strong>Thulasizwe</strong>, receives a production hand from drum enthusiast <strong><a href="https://soundcloud.com/mash-o" target="_blank">Mash.O</a></strong> and "<a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/03/11/african-dance-kwaito-dj-spoko-azange/" target="_blank">bacardi house</a>" mastermind <strong>DJ Spoko</strong> (who released one of our <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/12/18/african-songs-2013-best-top-list/6/" target="_blank">Top Tracks of 2013</a>). Think of "Pula" as the birth of Kalahari-futurism. Listen on below and head <a href="http://escapefrom85.tumblr.com/post/70828718555/spent-some-time-recording-music-of-the-san-people" target="_blank">over here</a> for more photos from the "first time" Spoek recorded with San musicians in Platfontein.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130809023&color=8e56e0&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>Update 2/13:</strong></p><p>Watch a full behind-the-scenes documentary below.</p><p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7669ffe95b5df7afb84493d8390acbe2"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PcnQk0en5to?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></p>
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