Name: Spoek Mathambo & Manteiga
The Spoken Word
The multi-faceted, mix-mashed, kwaito-fusion, stick-to-your-ribs group known by the singular banner of BATUK have been the vivid light at the tip of a creative growth tunnel the experimental platform of music has seen as of late. Three very different entities come together to form something extraordinary which not many have the words to express. Local legends and international sensations the amalgamation of Spoek & Manteiga is going to rock the world as we know it. The world tour is upon us with stops in Europe, Asia & Oceanic region on the cards. We await their return with a national tour likely to come about in this year.
1) Describe Yourself In Three Words
BATUK: CARING. PASSIONATE. INSPIRED.
2) Dream Festival – Locally and internationally?
BATUK: Locally we would like to play at all the festivals like Cape Town Jazz Festival, Oppi, Ultra, Daisies…internationally Miami Winter Conference looks epic for house music.
3) Advice For The Dreamers, Trendsetters & Up N’ Comers Out There?
BATUK: If you are passionate about something and it makes you genuinely happy, don’t ever let anyone try to convince you to stop. You own your own truth completely. I encourage people to take all the opportunities around them, even if resources are limited, look at what you do have and make a plan.
4) What do you have going on currently besides a WORLD TOUR? What else can we look forward to?
BATUK: We will release our sophomore album in mid-May, which we are very excited about. It’s a new direction for us, and we are very excited. The response has so far been overwhelmingly positive. We are also editing a film that we shot in Burkina Faso…my background is in acting and Spoek writes and directs. We are always busy creating something.
5) We mentioned the world tour above, can you tell us a little more about it and what’s on the cards?
BATUK: We will be going back to play shows France and Switzerland, we always have a great time there. Then we are going to Australia to play a 100th birthday celebration for Nelson Mandela…around the Commonwealth Games. Then we go to South Korea and China to play some club gigs. That’ll be our first time performing in Australia and Asia. Exciting times ahead!