Spoek Mathambo and his band Mshini Wam (trans=my machine [gun]) were on the bill of our Youth Day concert in Soweto a few weeks ago, and if you watched the video, you may have wondered what the jam was. It is this, the title song of his upcoming solo album, which—and we're trying to stay calm here—is going to make you lose your mind it's so good. People literally went insane at this show. One dude got choppered off the roof and rappelled directly into the chimney of President Zuma's house and then they just sat there staring at each other for like seven hours. Another girl swung a heatlamp at Seun Kuti because she thought he was a alligator. Best party of all time. Hopefully, Spoek will get a chance to duplicate the madness Stateside this fall when the album comes out, but until then enjoy this freebie, especially the parts when the girls come in.
Photographer Krisanne Johnson
July 13, 2010