Over decades, the genre has played a major role in the lifestyle and culture of South African people, packing dance floors and creating memories in the minds of numerous house music lovers in the country. Some South African artists have paid major roles in keeping this genre of music alive, including Black Coffee, Dj Cleo, Euphonik, Heavy K, Oskido, DJ Maphorisa, Naakmusiq and many more.
Emerged from Pretoria in the early 90’s and penetrated across to the capital city. It spread rapidly and infected a great deal of the population due to the South African interest in drum beats. Most South Africans could without much of a stretch identify with the music since it is far beyond just the beats.
Kwaito is based on house music theme, but typically at a slower tempo and containing melodic and percussive African samples which are looped, deep bass-lines and often vocals, generally male, shouted or chanted rather than sung or rapped. Many consider it South Africa’s unique implementation of hip hop.
Unlike other categories, house music tells a story of the people’s ways of life, struggles and battles. South African house music developed from Kwaito, we have compiled some of the latest South African house music, videos, mixtapes, Dj mixes & albums.
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