It can be intimidating to jump into a whole country’s musical output, especially a country as diverse as the rainbow nation of South Africa. But have no fear, Matthew Key, AKA DJ M-Point, who coproduced this week’s show is here to help.
Here’s your quick guide to the genres—and their subgenres—on this week’s program, "GC’s DJ Roadshow: From Kwaito to Amapiano.” Approach with caution—every YouTube video is a rabbit hole just waiting for you to fall right in to more and more music to love.
The proudly South African genre that fuses hip-hop, dancehall reggae house music, and township flavor.
New School, “Dlala Ka Yona”
Boom Shaka, “Thobela”
One of kwaito's earliest subgenres that combined kwaito and contemporary jazz.
Don Laka , “Mamelodi”
Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, “Jive Kwaito”
The kwaito subgenre that focuses more on the dancehall reggae influences.
Stich, “You Look So Nice”
The kwaito subgenre that was influenced by hardcore hip-hop.
TKZee, “Inzinja Zam”
Brown Dash, Kabelo and Mzekezeke, “Amasoja”
The fast-paced Durban-born subgenre that became an offshoot of kwaito, combining it with Afro-house and techno.
Babes Wodumo, Mampintsha and Skillz, ”Elamont”
Distruction Boyz, Benny Maverick and Dladla Mshunqisi, “Omunye”
The slower Pretoria-based subgenre that fuses kwaito with contemporary jazz and deep house music.
MFR Souls, The Squad, “Lelela”
Kabza De Small, Bucks, “Jwaleng”