“Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
Launched in 2009, Mandela Day is a worldwide series of events championing the values of the late South African president, activist, and champion of human rights, Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela. Celebrated every year on 18 July – Mandela’s birthday – Mandela Day seeks to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. On this year’s Mandela Day, The British Council’s Connect ZA programme, Creative Scotland and The Arches proudly present this one-off club event, featuring South African ‘township tech’ supergroup Fantasma, and Highlife’s Auntie Flo, part of theSA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015.
Fantasma combines the talents of Johannesburg-born rapper and producer Spoek Mathambo (aka Nthato Mokgata) with other South African artists championing the ‘township tech’ sound. Their debut EP, Eye of the Sun, is due out this year. Mokgata came to global prominence with his first album, Mishni Wam on BBE Recordings. This caught the attention of Seattle label Sub Pop, who released his 2012 album Father Creeper to widespread critical acclaim, with his pitch-dark cover of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’ attracting praise from The Quietus and Pitchfork among others. In 2012, he was named Best African Act at the MOBO Awards. More recently, he has produced a documentary about the increasing global popularity of African electronic music, titled Future Sound of Mzansi.
Auntie Flo is the co-founder of Highlife, which has residencies in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and often features Afrocentric house and electronic music. He has toured extensively in Africa, Cuba, North America and beyond. With releases on Kompakt, Permanent Vacation and Comeme, he can regularly found releasing work on Huntleys & Palmers. His 2012 album Future Rhythm Machine earned him a shortlist nomination for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award. He is currently working on a full-length follow-up. As one of the UK’s foremost DJs championing African and global electronic sounds, he is sure to deliver a forward-thinking, boundary-pushing set, with influences and traces from South Africa and beyond.