Mandela Day 2014 with Auntie Flo and Fantasma

Our UK-South Africa season, Connect ZA, are joining forces with The Arches Culture 2014 programme in Glasgow to bring together the musical talents of UK-South African supergroup, Fantasma; featuring acclaimed rapper and producer Spoek Mathambo, and in-demand beatsmith Auntie FloCombining afro-futurist rhythms, the vital sounds of the distinctly African strain of house music named ‘township tech’ by Spoek Mathambo, and a celebration of the legacy of Nelson Mandela, this is a one-off event in Glasgow that will form part of a worldwide series of events championing the values of the late South African president, activist, and champion of human rights.

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. Ultimately, it seeks to empower communities everywhere through its mission statement: “Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

Event details

Date: Friday 18 July 2014

Time: 22:00-03:00

Venue: The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL, United Kingdom

Visit The Arches website to book tickets.



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

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.

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