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House Music South African Influence

Afro House Music was born in South Africa by way of Paris France from influential artists and Dj’s such as Black Coffee and Boddhi Satva and newer artists such as DJ Master KG, Tyla, Prince Bulo, Bingo Kongo, Themba and Ghetto Juice.

House music originated in the United States city of Chicago

Afro house music culture is exploding in South Africa and changing the world musically.

Afro House Music blends electronic dance music with traditional African sounds using an irregular beat. The music is best described as African synthesizer riffs, hip-hop, jazz, rap, pop and dance with an eclectic repetitive beat played between 120 - 170 beats per minute.

Migrations of African peoples brought musical styles and instruments to new areas throughout Africa, the internet in modern times has been the biggest influence on African House Music. House music originated in the United States city of Chicago during the 1980s and branched out internationally to music hubs like Paris then found its way into the soul of South African music. 

House music has evolved into many genres and subgenres of electronic music influencing pop music, hip hop, tecno, grunge, garage and many other music styles. To this day, the cultural impact of Afro House music continues to inspire new generations of fans, music, technology, and innovation. Afro House dance music culture is exploding and changing significantly Worldwide.

Mixing and remixing techniques gave new life to dance music. Early American DJ innovators such as Frankie Knuckles, known as the Godfather of House, Larry Levan, DJ Ron Hardy, and others played a pivotal role in evolving disco into early house music. These revered DJs forever shaped the modern dance scene which spread to the UK, France and then the African continent.

South African Afro House Music Influence.

South African DJ Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo better known as Black Coffee took house music to the next level in South Africa by incorporating synthesizers, samplers, effects processors, and drum machines which introduced the consistent 4/4 tempo. In 2005, Black Coffee launched his career with a remix of the hit song Stimela by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela. 

Stimela was first released in 1974 on the album I am Not Afraid while Masekela was in exile following the political unrest surrounding the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre. Black Coffee is an early innovator who started to loop basslines, add African percussion layers, mix in effects, and added vocals from African artists.

Afro House Music was born in South Africa

Jubilant atmospheric, electronic Afro House music has a hypnotic quality that has become popular over the last three decades throughout South Africa, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia and Angola. Afro House Music is popular music for dancing that combines local township dances, music traditions and culture.

Afro House music arose from the desire of young musicians of urban South Africa to develop a distinct pan-African musical style that was both modern and appealing to all and has established itself as the cutting edge of International popular music. In South Africa, house music keeps evolving into new styles with the rapid expansion of interest in world music.

House Music South African Influence.

One popular Afro House Music song in 2022 is DJ Master KG feat Akon “Shine Your Light”

DJ Master KG is also known as the trailblazer of Bolobedu house music is one of South Africa’s sub-genres of Afro house dance music.

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