South African artist DJ Spoko, a pioneer the Bacardi house genre, has passed away. The recent death has resulted in an outpouring tributes on social media this afternoon, March 14.
Back in October 2015 it was reported that DJ Spoko had become ill during his tour Europe. He was later treated for TB at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. The cause his death is not yet known at this time.
After being raised in the town Tzaneen in South Africa, DJ Spoko, real name Marvin Ramalepe, moved to Atteridgeville near Pretoria where he started making music and studying sound engineering from his mentor Shangaan Electro’s Nozinja. He earned critical acclaim in 2008 when he produced Mujava’s ‘Township Funk’ on Warp Records, which showcased DJ Spoko’s unique sound prile fusing hard hitting percussive rhythms with cosmic, piercing synths.
This distinct style music would become widely known as Bacardi house with DJ Spoko’s material released on True Panther Sounds, Cómeme, Lit City Trax as well as his own Ghetto Boyz Entertainment.
Once news his passing spread, tributes directed at DJ Spoko came from a variety his supports. Read a selection below.