Pioneering South African artist DJ Spoko has died age 35

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    Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 16:03
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  • Marvin Ramalepe was a key figure in his home country's Bacardi house scene.
  • Pioneering South African artist DJ Spoko has died age 35 image
  • DJ Spoko, real name Marvin Ramalepe, has died. It has been confirmed to Resident Advisor that the South African producer passed away due to complications arising from a long-term illness. He was 35. Known for a style of music called "Bacardi house," an offshoot of kwaito, Ramalepe also contributed production to one of the most iconic dance tracks to emerge from South Africa, DJ Mujava's "Township Funk." His most recent release was Dirty Dancing, a split EP with Matias Aguayo for Cómeme. Before that was his EP for Lit City Trax, War God. Friends and frequent collaborators at record labels like Cómeme and True Panther Sound paid their respects on social media.