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31 May 2017
Profile: Kwaito

 

 

8ta Ola Majita!, MaGenge!.. While Kwaito has some connections to American hip-hop, the origins of the genre came from South African townships These are just some of the #UBBA lingo/salng words spoken in the kasi(Township) where the Kwaito movement orginated from, from the dusty streets to International glory.

 

The word ‘Kwaito’ is derived from the Afrikaans word, “Kwaai’ which means ‘angry.The music is a mixture of several South African music genres like Kwela from the 1950s, marabi of the 1920s, imibongo (African praise poetry) and a lot of 80s pop from artists like Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Chicco Twala.

 

The music started to gain traction in the 90s with artists like Arthur Mafokate, TKZee and trompies making up the bulk of music playing on South African airwaves.

Because the music emerged at the same time as our first democratic elections, a lot of the lyrical content reflects the hopes, fears and realities of the youth of the time.

Most the language used in Kwaito music is Tsotsitaal, also known as Township slang.

 

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Because Kwaito is a blend of urban style, fashion and modern day influences, the genre is constantly evolving.

Some people believe that the genre has now evolved to be the SA hip-hop sound we hear today.

 

 

What do you think of the evolutinon of the Kwaito sound as it is today? Do you think Kwaito is dead or has it just evolved? Let us know using that #KwaitoWednesday

 
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