World-renowned local DJ and producer Spoek Mathambo coined the term Techno Township, after witnessing Khayelitsha’s vibrant electronic music scene. “Cape Town had a really strong jazz, rock, punk, and traditional music, but a lot of the traditional instruments stopped being available” adding that “Electronic music has allowed people to express yourselves with instruments you have in your house”.
It’s this passion for homegrown tech music that has helped put Cape Town (well, Khayelitsha actually) on a list of the world’s coolest cities. Airbnb and VICE have partnered to create a global competition, with the Mother City sitting alongside Paris, New York and Tokyo. Winners of the competition will get to go on cutting edge experiences in these global cities. For the South African leg, winners get to go experience the Township Techno scene with Spoek Mathambo and Khayelitsha’s own Yolanda Fyrus, and then get to produce a track with them.
Airbnb’s Regional Market Consultant for Southern Africa said it was no surprise, that Mathambo and Fyrus were chosen
“Spoek Mathambo and Yolanda Fyrus are the perfect fit for the Airbnb VICE experience. Spoek is at the forefront of afro-futurism, combining electronic music with kwaito and Xhosa vocals. Their cutting edge music and style are uniquely South African, but with a mass global appeal.”.
Aside from Khayelitsha’s vibrant electronic music scene, the competition experiences also explore Paris’ secret sexual history of love and lust, New York’s vogue scene and Tokyo’s underground queer culture hotspots. Anyone wanting to be a part of the global competition can go to www.airbnb.com/vice to enter.