Spoek Mathambo

Spoek Mathambo is the stage name of South African musician (Singer-Rapper-Producer-DJ), Nthato Mokgata. At the vanguard of a new wave of African artists, Spoek is hitting the world hard.

His debut album, "Mshini Wam", which was partly recorded in the Red Bull Studios Cape Town, was critically accalimed for its maverick blend of lo-fi electronica with the South African sounds of kwaito and Xhosa vocals, as well as his use of dark, menacing themes, exemplified in the track G.E.R.M.S. (below), an outake from the album recording.

The edgy, unorthodox figure of Spoek Mathambo now heads the Fantasma project, a South African band made up of musicians with very different backgrounds and styles who teamed up to create a sound that is far more than the sum of its parts.

Fantasma are electronica producer DJ Spoko, from Pretoria; Bhekisenzo Cele, from Durban, on the accordion, guitar, bass and vocals; guitarist Andre Geldenhuys, from Cape Town; and, last but not least, Spoek Mathambo himself, from Johannesburg.

Into this melting pot go dozens of styles, skills, sounds and influences, from deep house (one of the most popular genres in the country) to psychedelia by way of Zulu traditions, hip hop psych rock, ancestral beats, Bacardi house (invented by DJ Spoko) and even aspects of surf music, one of Geldenhuys’ areas of expertise.