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First Listen: Spoek Mathambo, 'Mzansi Beat Code'

Mzansi Beat Code is a groove-packed, sociopolitical statement that places the 34-year-old producer at South Africa's creative center.
Spoek Mathambo's new album, Mzansi Beat Code, comes out April 14. Source: Kent Andreasen

Mzansi Beat Code is Spoek Mathambo's fifth solo album, the latest salvo of a decade-plus-long career during which the rapper/producer has established himself as one of South Africa's primary contributors to the global dance-music zeitgeist. It is also a far-flung, sociopolitical unification statement that, in one form or another, isn't new to Spoek. But unlike prior attempts, Mzansi Beat Code doesn't simply consider and curate the diverse sounds of South Africa's nine provinces; it is a fully

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