Spoek Mathambo

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Spoek Mathambo
Birth name Nthato Mokgata
Born (1985-05-14) 14 May 1985 (age 33)
Soweto, Gauteng
Origin Johannesburg, South Africa
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts
Website official website

Spoek Mathambo (born Nthato Mokgata 14 May 1985) is a South African artist, producer, singer-songwriter and rapper known for his fusion of a wide array of musical influences and his coining[clarification needed] the Township Tech,[1] to describe the electronic music he produces.

Mathambo grew up in Soweto, South Africa.[2] His early work included collaborations with South African producer Sibot, who also worked with Okmalumkoolkat on "Nice Shandees".[3]

In 2010, his debut album Mshini Wam was released on BBE Records[4] The album includes an award-winning cover of Joy Division’s "She's Lost Control". The track received the Young Director Award at the 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.[5] Meanwhile, Mathambo was nominated in the Best African Act category at the 2011 MOBO Awards.[6]

In 2012, Mathambo released his second album Father Creeper on Sub Pop,[7] gaining him a second nomination for Best African Act, at the 2012 MOBO Awards.[6] He was also nominated for Best African Act for the third time at the 2013 MOBO awards.[8]

Mathambo released his third full-length record, Escape from '85, in July 2013.[9][10]


  • Mshini Wam (2010)
  • Father Creeper (2012)
  • Escape from '85 (2013)
  • Eye of the Sun (EP) (with Fantasma) (2014)
  • Free Love (2LP) (with Fantasma) (2015)
  • Mzansi Beat Code (2017)


  1. ^ Bishop, Marlon (11 October 2011). "Township Tech: House Music's Dense, Dark, and Weird African Cousin". Mtv Iggy. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Andy Cowan. April 2012. Father Creeper. MOJO magazine.
  3. ^ "$$IBOT=DJ FUCK | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  4. ^ May 2012. "Spoek Mathambo: The Ghost In The Pop Machine Goes Global", Rolling Stone South Africa.
  5. ^ "Spoek". Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "MOBO Awards 2012 - nominees shortlist revealed". Mobo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Sub Pop Records : Spoek Mathambo : Father Creeper". Subpop.com. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "MOBO Awards 2013 Voting - Best African Act | MOBO Awards". Mobo.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  9. ^ McGovern, Kyle (11 July 2013). "10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Fuck Buttons, David Lynch, Pet Shop Boys, and More". Spin. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Poppy Cosyns. SPOEK: Escape from '85. The Sun, 26 July 2013.

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