About an hour ago, regarding his video, Soweto-born Spoek Mathambo tweeted, "Who's got the better silkshirt-game...Nelson Mandela or me in the 'Mshini Wam' video?? Dun know!!" While he was drawing a line between his sartorial preferences to those of the great South African leader, he was also referencing the historical context of his lyrics—"Mshini Wam" is a flip on the South African jam "Umshini Wami," a kind of anthem for military dudes in the African National Congress. So when he's talking about kids with machine guns on celebratory synths, he's also giving us a brief lesson in South African politics in double dutch cadence, a young historian of his homebase with serious future-funk chops to flex. Mshini Wam, the album, is out September 13, and it is one of the best releases of the year, period. Familiarize yourself with the god.
August 05, 2010