Edited by Azizi Powell
[Updated July 23, 2014]
This post showcases the South African Kwaito song "Nkeri Nkeri" by Maphorisa & Clap, featuring Candy. Information about Kwaito music is also included in this post along with a few comments about the featured artists.
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Thanks to Maphorisa, D Clap, and Candy for this record. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to the publisher of this sound file on YouTube.
INFORMATION ABOUT KWAITO MUSIC
"Kwaito is a music genre that emerged in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the 1990s. It is a variant of house music featuring the use of African sounds and samples. Typically at a slower tempo range than other styles of house music, Kwaito often contains catchy melodic and percussive loop samples, deep bass lines, and vocals. Although bearing similarities to hip hop music, a distinctive feature of Kwaito is the manner in which the lyrics are sung, rapped and shouted. American producer Diplo has described Kwaito as "slowed-down garage music," most popular among the black youth of South Africa...
In the backdrop of a transforming South Africa, Kwaito took shape in the township Soweto at the same time Nelson Mandela took office as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The removal of the political and economic sanctions greatly transformed the South African music industry"...
From the YouTube comments, "kwaito" is old enough that some of the music is called "classic", and "old school" (recorded years ago). "Nkeri Nkeri" is an example of contemporary Kwaito.
SHOWCASE EXAMPLE: Maphorisa Feat. Candy - Nkerinkeri (Original)
Madorasindahouse Published on Aug 30, 2013
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https://www.facebook.com/UhuruMaphorisaDjClapNXelimpilo Facebook page title = Uhuru - Maphorisa,Dj Clap,Xelimpilo & Mapiano
Maphorisa and DJ Clap are members of Uhuru, a four man Kwaito group. "Uhuru" is a Swahili word that means "freedom".
This comment from the viewer comment thread of the video below pointed me to some information about Maphorisa:
Nkosingiphile Dlamini, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BisFnNPhQc
"Ayyy Maphorisa mahn, He has claimed the title of being the Prince of Kalawa"
That comment prompted me to do a Google search for the word "Kalawa". As a result. I found this article: http://profileengine.com/groups/profile/435329507/kalawa-jazmee-records
Kalawa Jazmee (sometimes "KJ Records") is an independent South African label that was instrumental in the development of the musical style later to be known as "Kwaito".
... With the Kalawa crew, creativity is key, they believe in going out and getting inspiration for new songs, thus Kalawa has led the Durban craze,now known as Durban kwaito... Kwaito’s origins are fuzzy, as is opinion on who exactly can lay claim to the title, King of Kwaito. The publicly accepted version of the birth of kwaito never mentions kalawa’s name. Kalawa has never been faced oblivion, nor have they had to rely on gimmicks instead of creativity..."
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