A pan-African afro-house collective bridging cultures, music genres and people.
This album is a pure product of Afro-house music based on a wide range of influences, from zouk to ancient tribal sound. Using their different backgrounds and the experience of their travels and encounters, the three musicians have come to create their own unified genre.
Batuk is a collective founded by South African electronic music producers Spoek Mathambo and Aero Manyelo along with Mozambican poet Carla Fonseca. Their brand new album Música da Terra came out this week and is set to shake up the electro scene big time! The three musicians met through past music collaborations and decided to get together to fight xenophobia and unite people through shared rhythmic cultures.
Música da Terra features collaborations with multidisciplinary artists from South Africa – Nandi Ndlovu – Mozambique and Uganda – Grupo Zore, Grupo Makarita, Giovanni Kiyingi, Annet Nandujja, or Nilotica. The LP and the band’s music vision were partly introduced in this sharp and beautiful video for “Daniel”. It’s strong in colours, aesthetically stunning and aims to have a true impact on the way people understand and listen to the album.
In an interview with the Joburg based magazine Unlabelled, Carla explains: “Our music is a reflection of us. It's a natural reflection of our cultures, our passion for ancient tribal sounds as well as new electronic sounds. The fashion could be seen as a reflection of those things too: influenced by our cultures and by new age impressions. But more than anything, our fashion choices are just combinations of our personal tastes really; a lot of colour, patterns and a lot of spunk!”