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Mshini Wam

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Gwababa (Don't Be Scared) feat. Avuyile Tosa, Yolanda Fyrus Xashi
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Mshini Wam feat. Avuyile Tosa, Yolanda Fyrus Xashi
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Mshini Wam pt. 2
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Don't Mean To Be Rude feat. Zaki Ibrahim
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Let Them Talk feat. Zaki Ibrahim
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March For Union Buildings
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Gunboat
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Out The Box
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Control
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Au
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War On Words
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Thunder
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Douchebag Club
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Tonight
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 51:47

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Underrated piece of genius

bos31337

His excellent cover (and fantastic video) of Joy Division's "Control" is lately getting some deserved attention, but Spoek Mathambo has otherwise been flying under the Northern Hemisphere's radar so far. This album consists of a ton of really great dub-infused house with hip hop overlaid. Some of it almost sounds like French electro a la Kitsune, but the beats are too insistently dark and hip-shaking for too close a comparison.

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Producer/MC Spoek Mathambo presents a new kind of African music on Mshini Wam, an album that mixes hip-hop, dubstep, and Afro-pop, but that hyperkinetic, exciting sound is only half the reason this 2010 effort triumphs. Mathambo’s cheeky and sometimes sleazy attitude is the other, telling “all you doo doo talkers” that they “can eat my ass out” on “Don’t Mean to be Rude” or slaying the competition with “If you need a helping hand, let me know/My Grammy used to work with the mentally slow” on the space dub highlight “Out the Box.” “Control” does a great job messing with Joy Division (“And he’s clinging to the nearest skirt in sight/In fear, he’s lost control”) but there’s also a complex, political side to this revolutionary artist, referenced by the machine gun on the cover and a title that roughly translates into English as “My Machine.” It comes to the forefront on serious tracks like “Au” or the tense, tech-house closer “Tonite,” which warns the listener of “the very last good night of your life” since once a soldier has tasted blood, everything changes. For Mathambo, porn and politics aren’t at odds with one another, and they both deserve funky backbeats along with bold lyrics. Think of him as the African dubstep Prince, and the daring Mshini Wam as his Controversy. – David Jeffries

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