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Spoek Mathombo Is In Total ‘Control’

With the help of a stunning collection of images, Afro-futurist DJ and musician Spoek Mathombo has crafted yet another eye-opening visual in the video for his fourth single "Control." Shot in a boarding house in Langa, Cape Town, South Africa, the clip explores the worlds of cults, street evangelism, and youth gangs. The latest release from Mshini Wam finds the 25-year old performer collaborating with cinematographer Michael Cleary, photographer Pieter Hugo, and a lively cast of neighborhood kids from local dance troop Happy Feet. There is a lot going on in this video. It's at once fascinating and disturbing. The song itself, a cover of Joy Division's "She's Lost Control," is described as "darkwave township house," which is a quite fitting categorization. As a musician, Mathombo champions a movement that seeks to recognize Africa's cultural roots while pushing the boundaries of sound, primarily with the African electronic movement. Browsing around his YouTube channel, the man certainly knows how to create memorable visuals that spark curiosity and promote dialog at the very least.


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