Have you noticed more African rhythms on the dance floor lately? All that organic instrumentation, hand drums and chanting? It's all part of an international upswing in influence from humanity's motherland, and it's a growing genre so popular, Beatport gave it its own category.
"As a Board Member of Bridges For Music, I've been lucky to witness first-hand South Africa's incredible passion for house music," Beatport Chief Product Officer Terry Weerasinghe says in a press release. "I haven’t seen a place in the world where house music is such a central element of everyday life. Visiting vineyard events, I was stunned to see entire families, from grandparents to small children, enjoying a braai (BBQ) and partying to great music - and they all knew the songs.”
The genre is led not only by African producer/DJs Black Coffee and Culoe De Song, but also by European voices, including Innervisions artists Dixon and Henrik Schwarz. It's a regular sound in the clubs of Berlin. Beatport users can expect to find tracks from labels like Tribe Records and Keinemusik, and artists including Jimpster, Zepherin Saint, Hyenah, and Pablo Fierro.