The eclectic maelstrom that South African singer/rapper/producer Spoek Mathambo (aka Soweto native Nthato Mokgata) stirs up has been variously referred to as Township tech (his own term), Afro-futurism, and experimental rap. Previously involved in the electro-rap projects Sweat X and Playdoe, Mathambo has since ventured into a turbulent vortex where African roots swirl amidst a skein of electronica, rock, dub, and funk punctuated by laser darts from the dance floor, avant garde, and urban jungle. Percussive electronic bleeps vie with shredded guitar, vocals ranging from woozy neo-soul to machine-gun rap, teeth-rattling beats, shadowy bits of Afrobeat and mbaqanga, and funhouse-mirror atmospherics. The indie rock label Sub Pop put out Mathambo's latest, Father Creeper, where his cutting edge mélange is matched by hard-edged lyrics inspired by the socio-political turmoil of contemporary South Africa. The local dub trio Sound System Sabotage opens. (Photo by Sean Metelerkamp)
Thu., July 19, 7 p.m., 2012
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