Kwaito Music Description

Generally referred-to as a domesticated flavour of hip-hop, the kwaito style emerged in South Africa during the early 90's. Bass-heavy, it borrows much from US hip-hop as well as house music (comparable to having a 45RPM Chicago-house record slowed down to 33RPM). It often features some typical reggae tinges and includes traditional African beats (or samples). Wikipedia's article on kwaito is rather accurate. Popular amongst the largely black township dewellers, this musical style is slowly spreading overseas.


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