Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand – The kasi culture music of Durban township parties were often not welcomed in the city clubs. Almost every second person in the township dreams of being a DJ. Gqom comes from poor townships, and is heard on public transport used by the poor. This is due to the South African phenomenon of distributing the latest tunes to taxi drivers as a means of promotion. It was only a matter of time before it infiltrated the Durban City scene, Zululand and the rest of South Africa before spreading internationally.

‘Orkant/Balance Pon It’ by Major Lazer featuring  Babes Wodumo & Taranchyla Featuring kasi culture. Brief footage of Shisa Nyama.

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand – The word Gqom

Derived from the formation of a word from a sound, in Zulu “gqom” signifies a drum. The name gqom mimics something like “bang” or “ricochet”, pronounced with a Zulu tongue click at the beginning followed by a deep rough “om.”

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand Distruction Boyz

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand – Above The Distruction Boyz

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand – Some of the Artists

  • Gqom is fast gaining popularity internationally through such artists:
  • Distruction Boyz, a duo who were the first with a complete album featuring gqom to reach gold status.
  • Babes Wodumo with many hits and a massive fan base she is the self-proclaimed Queen of Gqom. She was nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards in the Best African category and BET Awards.
  • Typcee, a female gqom artist signed to DJ Tira’s music label perfomed at the Port Festival 2018 . in Richards Bay. She has released a string of gqom hits which included collaborations with Distruction Boyz and DJ Tira herself.

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand – The Dance

Gqom’s associated dance is the “bhenga”, all wavy arms, toe taps and wobbly knees, which has become a fad. Deejay explains: “When you ‘bhenga’, you aim to create this very intriguing image of flexibility.” The moves of over emphasized flexible waving arms, toe tapping and wobbling knees are intended to attract an audience, drawing people into a circle.

Also popular is the Gwara Gwara made popular by South African dance music artist, DJ Bongz. Rihanna performed these moves on stage at the recent 2018 Grammy Awards.

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand Babes Wave Sports cafe empangeni

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand – The Wave Sports Café

In Zululand The Wave Sports Café at 5 Ways Mall in Empangeni is the place to get down to  get your dose of gqom. If you are looking for something a bit more sedate with cool local music and excellent quality food try Soweto Jive on Rex Henderson Drive Empangeni.

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand South African Tourism

Kasi Culture Gqom Music Beats Big in Zululand

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