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.
Gathering thoughts now….but devastated to say goodbye to Marvin Ramalepe aka DJ Spoko. We became good friends despite what might’ve seemed like a huge chasm of cultural class and racial differences because of a real shared love of music. pic.twitter.com/OWfAeOHYrf
— TRUE PANTHER SOUNDS (@truepanther) March 14, 2018
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.
DJ Spoko’s funeral service will be this Sunday in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. Any contributions towards the wellbeing of his 3 young children,will be greatly appreciated.Continue to support & share his music, & keep the legacy of The King of Snares alive. (DM for detail) Please RT
— BATUK MUSIC (@BATUKMUSICA) March 14, 2018
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.