Think of house music and the first cities that come to mind are probably Chicago, Detroit, Miami, New York City … but right now possibly the most house music obsessed places in the world can be found in the cities of South Africa, such as Johannesburg and Durban. South African DJs started playing Chicago house in the 80s and were selling mixes out of their car boots. By the time apartheid finally came to an end in , the South African township youths had created their own club music called kwaito. In the early days, kwaito was not much more than slowed-down house beats overlain with raps in Zulu, Xhosa and broken township English. Soon kwaito became the soundtrack for celebrating a free South Africa and catalyzed the rebirth of a new black entertainment industry. Even throughout the kwaito boom, house music was always around. DJs started to fuse and produce their own local version adding uniquely South African sounds from kwaito vibes, Zulu Mbaqanga bass lines to Hugh Masekela samples, and local house duos like Revolution or BOP were instant chart breakers. Today South Africa is the only country on the continent that has its unique local house culture. It is also the only country in Africa where kids dream of being a DJ or a producer — not a singer.
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South African house music trending
What genre of music do you love? Pop, Reggae, RnB, Soul or what? Well, that could be because you have not listened to South African house music yet. And that is because of how they use their creative abilities to ensure freshness and dynamism in their songs delivery. Therefore, in this article, we present you with some of those songs that rock so well between the last year and the present. Why do they call it house music? House music is a type of electronic dance music that has a strong and regular beat. It can be created by a DJ, record producer or the music artist with contributions from other sources like electronic instruments and performers on synthesiser.
The track companion piece to the Disney film is filled with sounds akin to music currently rocking the continent. Several African producers also have credits on the album. Alade said some artists claim to want to pay homage to their roots but are "all talk and no action". Afrobeats is perhaps the dominant genre thriving outside the continent - and in particular the UK. Along with Afropop and Afrofusion, these sounds are taking over playlists and dance floors across the world.
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