As part one of Nike Sportswear and The FADER’s Pitch Perfect program, we have posted six mixtapes featuring music from six continents (sorry, Antarctica). Each mixtape includes brand new artwork by Siggi Eggertsson, eventually available as limited edition screen-printed posters. And now for the final mixtape from Africa, co-sponsored by our longtime partner (RED)—the innovative program meant to help eliminate AIDS on that continent. Check out North America, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America at Pitch Perfect.
As the inspiration for the entire Pitch Perfect series, Africa is a continent that cannot be conveyed in simple descriptions of geography or statistics, its significance to the next millennium impossible to define in few words, and the efforts of its citizens hardly something that can be communicated through a handful of songs. But, as 2010 is a pivotal moment in Africa’s history on many levels, not the least of which is music, this is our attempt to jumpstart the conversation. From the tip of Tunisia to the cape dividing the Indian and Atlantic, Africans are defining the sound of tomorrow. One in particular, Johannesburg’s Spoek Mathambo, is approaching the future from multiple angles, combining kwaito, electro, hip hop and his own unique vision into new music that is truly global, yet unquestionably local. For his mix, Mathambo focused on his home country’s newest and best (including some of his own new jams), but ventured north for some extra continental craziness.
Tim Turbo f. Spoek Mathambo and Gnucci Banana, “Linyora” (South Africa)
DJ CNDO, “Terminator” (South Africa)
DJ Mujava f. DJ Menace, “Tshwara” (South Africa)
BB Ramazani, “Fouka Fouka” (Côte d’Ivoire)
Dirty Paraffin, “Aha” (South Africa)
Pastor Mbhobho, “Ayobaness” (South Africa)
Shanaka, “2010 Football” (Côte d’Ivoire)
Spoek Mathambo, “Mshini Wam” (South Africa)