DJ Spoko Dead at 35

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South African producer Marvin Ramalepe, better known as DJ Spoko, has died, according to Resident Advisor and True Panther Sounds. He was 35 years old. A cause of death has not been revealed. DJ Spoko is considered a pioneer of “Bacardi House,” a genre that blends house music, kwaito, and electro. He contributed to DJ Mujava’s “Township Funk,” seen as a formative track of the genre. Spoko and Mujava later collaborated on the I.M.I. EP.

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