The producer, songwriter, filmmaker and 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner has shared his fourth solo album - Tales from the Lost Cities, following previous collaborative projects with Fantasma and Batuk, the soundtrack to feature documentary on South Africa's electronic music - Future Sounds of Mzansi (co-produced by Lebogang Rasethaba) as well as a series of painted artworks - freedom is coming tomorrow (or the day after) which featured at Cape Town Art Fair, and currently in a month-long exhibition at Keyes Art Mile (26 March - 22 April). Spoek is definitely flexing his creative muscles to levels we've never seen before.
For this project Spoek showcases and stretches the limits of electronic music and revisits his first love - hip hop. Tales From The Lost Cities is steeped in rich storytelling, razor sharp social commentary and an endless reserve of gymnastic flows. The concept album drives a cross section through South Africa 2020, to give a view of a highly complex and volatile society struggling to come to grips with its post Apartheid “rainbow nation” dream/nightmare. Spoek Mathambo takes hip-hop, the great crucible of culture, and creates a colorful ride through a diverse set of soundscapes, each emboldening Mathambo’s no-holds-bar approach to songwriting. The eclectic self produced album features guest appearances from scratch DJ Raiko and collaborations with Batuk, Spizzy, Mark Mushiva, Vuyo and Daev Martian.
01 Umhlaba Wethu
02 Kroonocyde (ft Raiko)
03 eGoli (The Jackers Theme)
04 Bumaye (ft Raiko)
05 The Greedy Always Want More
06 Walk With Me (ft Batuk & Raiko)
07 Anatomy of A Campus Rape Riot (ft Batuk)
08 Chop My Money
09 Jimmy Comes To Jozi (ft Spizzy & Raiko)
10 Slay Queen (ft Spizzy & Raiko)
11 Keeping Score
12 When The Party Parties Too Hard
13 Somandla (Praisetrumental)
14 Kings & Queens (ft Spizzy, Vuyo, Mark Mushiva & Daev Martian)
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The release is married with "The Instrumental Tales from the Lost Cities of Azania", a collection of 12 instrumental tracks from "Tales from the Lost Cities".
Text: Roger Sivuyile Lupuwana
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