Yes I’m back and podcasting, only popped out for over 3 years and appropriately with a bumper 3 hour show*…after guesting on the Lloydbrary 100 show over Xmas I got the podcasting bug again. Also I’ve been watching what came…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5dD1cGQYvO8#t=380 (Mono T ft. Navy & Masheleng “Bashanyana”
– whose video oddly seems to have been pulled off YouTube?)
I’d kind of lost track of south african house and kwaito since the last time but one I was there…I’d heard bits since but it seemed just like normal house from South Africa, and the 1Xtra documentary I heard tonight on Afrobeatstalked about that, that the house is moving back to the kwaito/local elements (which I think is a good idea, because faceless house can be made anywhere by anyone, but not those beats and that feel, it’s unique. The difference between kwaito – which currently is a form of South African hiphop but traditionally much closer to the music on Graceland and Duck Rock – and south african house has become increasingly blurred, as kwaito takes more house elements and Afro/SA house does likewise…).
So inspired by that documentary and listening to DJ Edu I went on one of my legendary YouTube/site trawls, not done of those in ages!
Here’s the big Afrobeats tune by D’Banq – Oliver Twist, Estelle and Skepta are all over this:
An example of this kwaito/house crossover: Mr Uptight – Rhythmic Elements. Kwaito? House? Who cares when it’s this much fun!