Anyone who knows me, knows of my not so secret love affair with Africa furthermore the obsession with the budding South African House Scene that has dominated the airwaves and cemented itself as more than a contender but the trendsetter. Casting my mind back we have both come a long way from the late nights stake outs (2007/08) just to hear a full mix on Kiss FM to its now readly availability online and legal attendance of raves haha (raves?? …how cool).
Well I recently come across this short documentary that showcases the rise of the scene in and around Johannesburg, talking with a number of Dj’s and pioneers of the Kwaito genre the film explores the factors that have influence the genre and the power that it hold in changing lives around the ‘towships’ of Johannesburg. Check out the full documentary below.
RA tells the remarkable story of the South African city’s thriving house scene.
South Africans are the biggest consumers of house music in the world, and Johannesburg is the beating heart of their scene. If you’re looking for proof, there is no need to visit a nightclub. In turning on a television, listening to the radio or walking down the street, it’s clear that a 4/4 pulse is the metronome of everyday life. The city’s preferred sound—vocal-led, percussive, melodic—is largely at odds with what’s popular in other international markets; this coupled with cripplingly slow internet speeds goes someway to explaining SA’s absence from the global house music conversation.