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Waptrendz- Types of Music in South Africa

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Posted: Apr 04, 2016
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Kwaito:Kwaito became popular in the townships in the 1990s and now is played almost continuously on radio stations, in clubs and in people's homes. This South African music style puts an African edge on dance music and originally grew from U.S. house music. Tracks are digitally manufactured in the studio and instrumentation is kept to a minimum while the beat prevails. Lyrics are generally chanted or rapped. Well-known kwaito groups include Boom Shaka, Bongo Maffin and Abashante.

Iscathamiya:This traditional Zulu music style is most commonly represented today by the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Iscathamiya is a call-and-response choral music performed by South African men. The style is loosely based on 19th century four-part harmony jubilee singing by African-Americans. Ladysmith Black Mambazo popularized the music in the 1960s, developing a softer, rhythmic style that was pioneered by the King Star Brothers two decades before. Paul Simon used iscathamiya harmonies on his 1986 "Graceland" album.

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South African Jazz:South African jazz was influenced by the music heritage of the country's black population and also by the United States. South African jazz grew from marabi, a traditional music with a birth in the townships of South Africa in the 1930s. Marabi was a three-chord keyboard style with a repetitive pattern linked to ragtime and blues in America. The marabi sound made its way into South African dance bands in the 1920s and developed into the mbaqanga, a form of South African jazz that still is heard today.

Kwela:Kwela is an offshoot of marabi music and rose to prominence in South Africa in the 1950s. The artist Spokes Mashiyane and the All Star Flutes was one big name during this era. Kwela music is played primarily on a pennywhistle (tin flute). Kwela's harmonies are simple with a repetitive rhythmic foundation. Kwela's musical style features elements of African-American jazz and swing.

Reggae:Reggae in South Africa has strong links to reggae from the Caribbean, but with African drums and a strong sense of emotion conveyed in the lyrics. Lucky Dube, arguably one of the country's biggest reggae, and music, stars won the Best Selling African Recording Artist award at the World Music Awards ceremony in 1996 for his album "Serious Reggae Business." He recorded million-selling records and performed across the world. Lucky Dube died in 2007, the victim of a suspected car hijacking.

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