Spoek Mathambo (www.spoekmathambo.com) has been putting the world onto his brave, progressive take African music for the past number of years (through his own music as well as DJing under the name HIVIP) and most recently, through the release of both his solo album and assembling a band to realise his afro-futurist dream.
Pieter Hugo (www.pieterhugo.com) is a South Africa artist/photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected internationally. He has published numerous monographs, which include ‘The Hyena & Other Men’. His most recent publication is called ‘Permanent Error’ and deals with an expansive dump of obsolete technology on the outskirts of Accra in Ghana.
Michael Cleary (www.michaelcleary.co.za) has a strong background in advertising and went into photography 15 years ago, to become a cinematographer today. He enjoys working with talented artists on personal projects.
ABOUT SPOEK MATHAMBO
Part of a new breed of African artists, 25 year old Spoek Mathambo (Rapper/DJ and Graphic Designer/Illustrator) is hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism. Spoek sees himself as a part of a new wave of energy in Africa, which is intent on nurturing a sense of progressiveness while maintaining a pride in culture. Spoek Mathambo has become a increasingly prominent figure in the international music scene over the last couple of years, with features on Boysnoize Records, Potty Mouth Music, Top Billin Records, Man Recordings as well as for his electro-rap groups Playdoe and Sweat.X. Most recently, Spoek Mathambo has finished recording his solo album, Mshini Wam for BBE, and has built a live band to tour the project. The release of this project is particularly exciting as a sign to the world of what Africa has in store in terms of progressive electronic music. As a DJ, Spoek’s HIVIP project of promoting South African music has gathered widespread attention as far afield as the New York Times and Fader Magazine, and has seen him DJ in USA, Argentina, Norway, France, Sweden and Germany.
September 2010 saw the release of Mshini Wam.