Bongolution

Considering the creative fervor that characterized black South African music during apartheid, it stood to reason that the end of this odious political system would bring about a remarkable musical fe

Considering the creative fervor that characterized black South African music during apartheid, it stood to reason that the end of this odious political system would bring about a remarkable musical ferment. It's happening, and kwaito music is the first manifestation. The sound draws its energy from house music, drum'n'bass, soulful pop, reggae, hip-hop, electronica, mbaqanga, kwela, and the South African gospel style known as iscathamiya. A genuine world-fusion vibe, Bongo Maffin's kwaito music is a breakout style that will affect more than simply dance culture, though that's where its influence will be felt first. Bongo Maffin– Appleseed, Thandwisa (Red), and Stoan—are superb songwriters and performers, capable of crafting tunes as stylistically divergent as kwela/rap ("Kungakhona") and ragga-dub—or is that raggaMaffin ("Level"). And much of the material is performed in English, which only enhances the likelihood that Bongolution is an album bound for a worldwide fanbase.—PVV
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