Another month, another inspiring Ø lineup. Tonight it's Okzharp and Manthe Ribane, a South African pair whose music sounds great in the club.
Okzharp & Manthe Ribane
Dope Saint Jude
Closer / Apart
Chris Saunders, Okzharp & Manthe Ribane
Okzharp and Manthe Ribane
Okzharp and Manthe Ribane is producer Okzharp, vocalist, artist and dancer Manthe
Ribane. Working closely with photographer and filmmaker, Chris Saunders on this project, they all hail from South Africa, where Manthe still resides. Okzharp lives in the London where he is a DJ and producer, initially cutting his teeth in LV, who were one of the first acts to sign to Hyperdub.
Manthe has been at the forefront of South Africa's cutting edge fashion art and dance for over a decade, and Chris had worked with LV, making promo videos focussed on South Africa's dance and fashion sub-cultures with the artists they collaborated with for their 'Sebenza' album. When Okzharp left LV, he spoke to Chris about an idea for a film, and was introduced to Manthe (who was then a dancer and choreographer for Die Antwoord) for a possible lead role. They hit it off, and upon hearing Manthe singing to herself, they started collaborating musically, releasing two well - received EP's on Hyperdub.
Cape Town's Angel Ho is a neo-pop recording artist, who alongside Chino Amobi and Nkisi founded NON Records, a collective of African and diaspora artists using sound as their primary media to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power.
Her debut EP, Ascension, released on Rabit's Halcyon Veil imprint, reflects upon the colonial history of South Africa with a focus on self love, self empowerment and unapologetically dismantling cis-heteronormativity. She has since released her debut album / first vinyl release, 2017's Red Devil on Non Records, and has collaborated with some of South Africa's most radical up and coming talent - including Desire Marea and Dope Saint Jude, as well as Texas based producer Rabit.
She recently supported M.I.A in Johannesburg, as well as performing in Australia, Paris, Berlin and across the UK. June 2018 sees her embark on a mini European tour with Faka.
This year has seen Angel-Ho's music evolve into an exciting future pop sound where she debuts her vocals, as well as her live show developing to incorporate dancers, live vocal story telling and the expression of the "feminine trans queenie".
Dope Saint Jude
Dope Saint Jude (Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius) began writing poetry as a teenager on the Cape Flats, rapidly developing to write her own songs and later designing
innovative live presentations. In 2013 she formed South Africa’s first documented Drag King troupe as Saint Dude. A year later she left drag and pursued music production. She first made waves with the 2014 Hit Politik, followed by The Golden Ratio, and in 2015 released Keep in Touch featuring Angel-Ho. In 2016 dropped her first EP, Reimagine of which reviewer Sabelo Mkhabela said: “a tapestry of emotions – it’s the
story of someone living – going through things, spending time with loved ones, getting pissed off by some things and celebrating wins.” Dope Saint Jude is an articulate
advocate for feminism, and has lectured on hip hop’s role as a vehicle for social commentary. Music scholar Adam Haupt has credited her with “transforming South
African hip hop by queering a genre that has predominantly been male and heteronormative.