AMAPIANO’S SECOND WAVE: HOW KWAITO OPENED THE DOOR FOR AMAPIANO’S EVOLUTIONS (MIXMAG)

By |2024-05-31T22:11:51-05:00May 31st, 2024|Amapiano, DJ, South Africa|

Amapiano’s lineage can be traced back to the kwaito music which emerged in apartheid South Africa. In the first of a three-part series exploring Amapiano's Second Wave, Jake Colvin examines what those roots mean for the sound today THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT “Amapiano is winning all over the gaff,” Marcus Nasty tells me. “But where it [...]

What Is 3-Step, South Africa’s Latest House Movement? Here Are 12 Essential Tracks (Resident Advisor)

By |2024-05-18T09:33:41-05:00May 18th, 2024|Afro House, Afrobeats, Amapiano, Clubs - Nightlife, Dance Music, DJ, Resident Advisor, South Africa|

  Pioneered by Thakzin and co-signed by Kaytranada, this twist on Afro house combines elements of amapiano, Afro tech and broken beat. Shiba Melissa Mazaza charts the genre's rise. It was a sweltering December evening in Johannesburg and I was perched onstage behind a speaker, only arm's length from the decks. All around me, a [...]

UNCLE WAFFLES: “WHEN A STAGE REQUIRES ME TO GO BIG, I ALWAYS THINK ‘HOW BIG CAN I GO?’” (MIXMAG)

By |2024-04-30T20:17:46-05:00April 27th, 2024|Amapiano, Clubs - Nightlife, Interviews, MixMAg, Music, Music News, New Release, South Africa, Uncategorized|

    Uncle Waffles' international success represents an exhilarating era for southern African music. As her groundbreaking career continues its ascent, the Eswatini DJ, producer and performer speaks to Natty Kasambala about the ancestral power of log drums, the universal language of dancing, and touching grass It’s impossible to think of amapiano on the global stage without [...]

Deep House Sensation, DJ Rosetta D33p, Joins My House Radio!

By |2024-04-24T08:10:23-05:00April 24th, 2024|Afro House, Deep House, Music News, My House Radio, press release, South Africa, Uncategorized, Women|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Deep House Sensation, DJ Rosetta D33p, Joins My House Radio! 4/23/24 – My House Radio proudly announces the addition of Deep House sensation, DJ Rosetta D33p, to its esteemed lineup. Renowned for her infectious beats and electrifying performances, DJ Rosetta D33p is set to ignite the airwaves with her unique blend [...]

Gauteng style: a history of house music in South Africa (DJ Mag)

By |2024-02-25T18:21:03-06:00February 25th, 2024|Afro House, Afrobeats, black History Month, DJ, DJ Mag, House, House Music, producer, South Africa|

South Africa's love for house music flourished in the early ’90s as the Apartheid era ended, pushed primarily by DJs in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. Now, it's a focal point, filled with local styles and stars. Martin Guttridge-Hewitt heads to Gauteng to learn the story of the scene’s origins, and the risks its pioneers [...]

DESIREE: the ascent of South African house music’s brightest star (DJ Mag)

By |2024-02-21T21:37:44-06:00February 21st, 2024|Afro House, black History Month, Dance Music, DJ, DJ Mag, electronic music, House, House Music, International, LGBTQIA+, South Africa|

Soaring ascents, the kind that can take an artist from obscurity to stardom in what seems to be the blink of an eye, don’t occur often, in dance music or elsewhere – those who are lucky enough to have that experience often disappear just as quickly. But there’s little chance of a quick fade for [...]

JOURNEY MUSIC: SOUTH AFRICA’S AFROTECH SOUND TRAVELS GLOBALLY AND TRANSPORTS SPIRITUALLY (Mixmag)

By |2023-12-13T13:14:21-06:00December 13th, 2023|Afro House, Afrobeats, Dance Music, House Music, MixMAg, South Africa|

AfroTech is a prominent dance music style in clubs around the world — but in its country of origin the genre's future hangs in the balance. Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi reports on the need to support creativity and spirituality within South Africa's scene Waving hands reach for the sky, or something beyond it; some with flat palms [...]

How South Africa’s queer underground is remaking ballroom in its own image (DJMAG)

By |2023-12-11T19:19:48-06:00December 11th, 2023|Afro House, Afrobeats, Amapiano, Clubs - Nightlife, Dance Music, DJ Mag, Gay, House Music, International, LGBTQIA+, South Africa|

  In South Africa's burgeoning ballroom scene, pioneering figures and DJs are finding their own ‘Ha’ in the country's past, and in the contemporary sounds of gqom, amapiano, and Afrobeats. Tazmé Pillay learns more “DJ, cut the beat.” The room falls silent — an unforgivable sin anywhere else, but this is no nightclub. This is a [...]

How Far Can Amapiano Go? (The New Yorker)

By |2023-08-10T10:06:44-05:00August 10th, 2023|Afrobeats, Amapiano, Dance Music, DJ, Entertaiment, International, producer, South Africa|

  The musical artist Musa Keys performing at the Afro Nation festival in Miami, in May.Photograph by Chris Allmeid / Courtesy Afro Nation A new form of South African dance music is thriving. A pair of twin brothers, known as Major League Djz, want the rest of the world to pay attention.   It was [...]

CROSSOVER AND COLLECTIVITY: WHY LONDON’S HOUSE UNDERGROUND IS EVOLVING (MIXMAG)

By |2023-04-03T18:40:44-05:00April 3rd, 2023|Afro House, Afrobeats, Amapiano, Clubs - Nightlife, Dance Music, DJ, House, House Music, International, MixMAg, UK|

There are a number of parallel Afro house scenes developing within London’s underground, as a variety of influences propel the movement in new directions. NKC reports WORDS: NKC | PHOTOGRAPHY: JEROME KIDMAN 28 FEBRUARY 2023 AN AFRO HOUSE MOVEMENT As Scratcha DVA puts it, “the bounce” is back in UK club music, and we owe it [...]

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