Township Funk takes it cue from the DJ Mujava song which exploded back a few years ago but the 21-track compilation proves there’s much more than Mujava going on. It was compiled by DJ QNess. Check the sampler:
With the eyes and ears of the world on South Africa for the World Cup at the moment, it’s a good time to see what’s cracking there musically. I interviewed a few of the kwaito stars last month and I’ve much more exciting stuff to come but here is a compilation which serves as a superb intro to the sound of young South Africa. The producers represented on Ayobaness (a phrase used to express excitement in Joburg) showcase a brand of South African house music which is all their own but globally reaching at the same time.
DJ Mujava’s ‘Township Funk’ was the first big tune to hit internationally from the Pretoria region of SA and he is represented here as is South African heavyweight producer DJ Cleo. Most of the other names here are unknown to most but that doesn’t diminish how great Ayobaness! The Sound of South African House represents the pulse of South African music. It’s out now on Out Here Records. Check out the EP sampler which showcases the UK funky-esque stuff as well as the more minimal techno leaning ‘Just in Time’ from Aero Manelo.
Zuluboy was definitely one of the most interesting people we met on the Smirnoff Experience trip in Johannesburg. He has released three albums of conscious rap and as much as I hate that pigeonholing term, it fits Zuluboy perfectly. He’s also a popular soap actor in South Africa.
He is an inspiring human being who told us about his equally-inspirational workshops, how he fuses rap with African rhythms and is just generally awesome for the duration of our interview conducted alongside AU. Watch the video in which Black Dillinger appears with him:
While in Joburg, I got the opportunity to interview some prominent kwaito musicians. Kwaito is South African hip-hop birthed in Johannesburg which mixes in parts of rap, house, R&B and native influences. Many kwaito artists come from the townships: the slums, the ghettos, the projects of South Africa. The biggest of them all is Soweto with a suggested population of 3.5 million people and members of TKZee are also from there.
TKZee formed in the early ’90s and are considered to be amongst the pioneers of kwaito. Their big hit released around the 1998 World Cup and which samples Europe’s ‘Final Countdown’, ‘Shibobo’, featured footballer Benni McCarthy and sold over 100,000 singles – the fastest and biggest selling single in South Africa at the time. Last year, they returned with a new sixth album Coming Home after a hiatus which lasted eight years. With South Africa hosting the World Cup this year, TKZee feature on the official World Cup compilation. In this video interview, they told us about their history and how kwaito has changed since they started.