OKZHARP & MANTHE RIBANE (UK/ZA)
London-based South African producer Okzharp and Johannesburg’s Manthe Ribane create life-affirming club music inspired by African rhythms and combine high-gloss production style with a pop sensibility that moves their sound beyond the dance floor
The former member of London’s LV, Gervase Gordon broke out on his own last year as Okzharp, but his excellent Hyperdub debut, Dumela 113, belonged just as much to its extraordinarily charismatic vocalist, dancer and model, Johannesburg polymath Manthe Ribane. So far, their remarkable sound has been captured on two Hyperdub EPs: Dumela 113 and Tell Your Vision.
OKZHARP is a musician/producer and dj based in South London, UK but originally from Cape Town, South Africa. As 1-third of LV, Okzharp released 2 full-length albums. ‘Routes’ was released in 2011 on Keysound, their second collaboration with writer/vocalist Joshua Idehen after the ’38 EP’ in 2010. Then in 2012 ‘Sebenza’ was released on Hyperdub. It was made in collaboration with South African vocalists OkmalumKoolkat, Spoek Mathambo and Ruffest. Lead track ‘Sebenza’ was released as a single, featuring a remix by DJ Clock. There have been other remixes and musical collaborations with Zaki Ibrahim, Rubi Dan, Errol Bellot, Dandelion, Quarta 330, Zomby, Untold, Yungun, Pinch, Micachu, Das Kapital, Trim and Mumdance released on labels Hyperdub, Keysound, Souljazz, 2nd Drop and Hemlock. It’s pronounced ‘Ok Sharp’.
MANTHE RIBANE is a Soweto-born performance wunderkind who has been making a name for herself across the creative spectrum, working in film, music, dance and performance art. She toured the arenas of the world as part of the Die Antwoord live show. As a creative catalyst, Manthe has been a key member in some of South Africa’s contemporary movements, from the fashion/art squadron, The Smarteez back in 2006, to the dance/performance-art group V.I.N.T.A.G.E who won Best Dance Crew at the South African HipHop Awards 2014. Her latest initiative, Dear Ribane, is a collaboration with her siblings Tegebo and Kay Kay, as seen her travel to London, Paris and Geneva to engage in multimedia projects. She was recently awarded a ‘Young Inspiration’ award for her work by Red Bull South Africa. She works highly engaged with youth and female empowerment.