Spoek Mathambo – Le Poisson Rouge

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

South African rapper/ electropop wizard Spoek Mathambo kicked off his North American tour with a high-energy performance at Le Poisson Rouge.

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Photos of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo performing at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC. July 12, 2012. Copyright © 2012 Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Photographer’s Notes

Don’t let these photos fool you, Spoek’s set was very dark. Luckily, I brought along my new Nikon D800 specifically for it’s incredible low light capability. Would you believe that the majority of these images were captured at a mind-boggling ISO 10159?! I applied only slight noise reduction in post. Yes, the files are massive and it slows down my workflow, but the results are stunning.

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