DJ Spoko, the father of Bacardi House, dead at 35

DJ Spoko, a juggernaut of South African music history, has died at age 35

In a shock announcement tweet by True Panther Sounds, we learned that the father and pioneer of Bacardi house, DJ Spoko, has died. He was 35 years old.

Marvin Ramalepe – the DJ and producer’s birthname – has been confirmed dead following complications with an undisclosed long-term illness, per Resident Advisor.

Spoko was known for his breakthrough genre he called, Bacardi house, borne from his love of kwaito’s frantic sound. He’s best known for his work on DJ Mujava’s genre-defining, “Township Funk” – a cult of South African house and pop culture at large.

A funeral service will take place this Sunday where Spoko lived in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. You can DM Batuk via Twitter to offer up contributions.

Spoko’s most notable works include his collabo EP with Mujava, I.M.I.Ghost Town EP, War God, and BACARDIXVILP, released via his own label, Ghetto Boyz.

DJ Spoko is survived by his three children.

Check back soon for a playlist celebrating Spoko’s immeasurable life and times.


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