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Spoek Mathambo

Culture jammer The sci-fi rap of Johannesburg's Spoek Mathambo (real name: Nthato Mokgata) will certainly humble anyone who might think they know all there is to know about African music . Mathambo's second album, "Father Creeper," is on indie label Sub Pop (Nirvana, Mudhoney). Due out in March, the CD represents world music at its most hungry, where sonic revolutions happen via digital warfare and tribal beats obscure genre lines with dance floor escapism and funky, lost-in-space rock 'n' roll. There are times on "Father Creeper" where Mathambo sounds like Prince, but the mood can quickly turn more militant. The sound is that of a post-apocalyptic carnival, where booty calls, bullets, dashed dreams and poverty are the driving forces behind nearly every song. Mathambo makes it clear that even if no official wars are being waged, there are always battles to fight. -- Todd MartensNico Krijno / SubPop