An act like Dookoom doesn’t need a long intro. That’s not the point. This isn’t music to write loads of words about, it’s music to listen to and have your mind blown.
Isaac Mutant, a stalwart of the underground Cape Town hip hop scene, has rebranded himself as Dookoom The name comes from an old word in the Cape Town Muslim community, which came all the way from Indonesia with the slaves – Dukun. A Dukun is a shaman or medicine man, and in Cape Town this word became ‘Doekoem’. It refers to any kind of witchcraft or evil trickery.
When you listen to Dookoom you’ll see why Isaac Mutant chose the name.
Any piece on Dookoom of course has to mention Die Antwoord. Isaac Mutant guested on a few of Die Antwoord’s early tracks. If you want to play the authenticity game, you can decide who you’d rather side with. But whereas Ninja and Die Antwoord have moved more into Zef, white culture – Dookoom serves up the same on the coloured community, shining a light where most people may not rather look.
Soundwise – think Death Grips with fuller production and full Cape Flats slang. For me, this is the most exciting thing to come out of Cape Town since African Dope first blew up in the early 2000s. Pay attention now so you can be cooler than your friends later.
But enough with the words. Have a listen.
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