11 March 2011

Spoek Mathambo (Control)

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African teen gangs. Township cults. Dance. Voodoo dubstep magic. The very first Flying Dakini Featured spot has been charmed by Control by Spoek Mathambo - an undeniably brilliant, compelling, stunning, impressive socially and politically thought provoking piece. 


Originally posted at the beginning of the year, it deserves to be chewed on again for its visual mastery. Not only is it a fantastic cover of Joy Division's She's Lost Control Again (and Dangerous Minds has a good chat on it), it is a political piece of black voodoo dubstep magic  from Cape Town that casts a deep, memorable spell in the psyche.


Though it does justice to provoke an historical investigation into the subject matter, so engaging are the images that feasting mythically in silence, on stills alone, is a deeply fascinating experience in itself.


Control’, the fourth single from Spoek Mathambo‘s debut album Mshini Wam, is a ‘darkwave township house’ cover of the Joy Division classic ‘She’s Lost Control’. In collaboration with one of South Africa’s most influential photographers Pieter Hugo, and cinematographer Michael Cleary, the new video explores township cults and teen gangs. Shot on location in a squatted train boarding house in Langa, Cape Town, the video features a cast mostly made up of local neighborhood kids who run their own dance troop, Happy Feet. Spoek Mathambo has been pioneering a progressive take on African music for the last few years via his DJing (as HIVIP), solo and live band projects, having featured on Boysnoize Records and Top Billing.  (Double requote via Dazed Digital via Dangerous Minds!)







And that is why Control by the fascinating artist Spoek Mathambo, photographer Pieter Hugo, and cinematographer Michael Cleary, is ravishingly brilliant.

Spoek Mathambo ::  myspace, booking info, blog, and BIO  

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