Spaza Style Overview
Spaza Music Description
Spaza is a South African style of hip-hop music that originated in Gugulethu on the Cape Flats, on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa around the turn of the century. The style is named after the spaza shops, informal corner stores on the flats, where often times rappers can be found performing with lyrics in a mix of Xhosa and township slang.
Early proponents of the style were artists such as Driemanskap, Backyard Crew, Rattex, Middlefinga, Manqoba, Baby Brown and Kritsi Ye'Spaza. The style has since gained nationwide popularity with some artists even achieving International acclaim and touring overseas.
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