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2014-07-06 15:01

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If I could, I would listen to the Future Sound of Mzansi mix tapes all day on an infinite loop.

Released to accompany the Future Sound of Mzansi documentary, it’s a musical treat, to say the least. As someone who already listens to many of the artists featured, I think it is a showpiece of the best of South Africa’s electronic music.

After all, according to the International Music Summit, South Africans are the biggest consumers of electronic music in the world and with projects like this, it’s easy to see why.

The local electronic scene is characterised by the creators of the documentary, Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba, as “the sound of the apartheid afterparty”.

This potent, gritty description speaks directly to the approach taken by the featured artists, who experiment with vocals, electronic techniques and instruments to create truly addictive music for this new era.

The contributors include Okmalumkoolkat, Sibot, Black Coffee, DJ Mujava and Christian Tiger School.

The sound profile samples deep House, kwaito and even glitch-hop, making for a varied listening experience. And although the mix tapes reflect fun, edgy beats from every corner of the country, many of the vocals speak to the political and social realities of the artists and their communities.

Future Sound Mzansi reflects the sound of young South Africa.

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