First things first: how the hell you pronounce it?
The name itself sounds like the boom of a bassline. Meaning “drum” in Zulu, Gqom is pronounced as a single syllable and starts with a palatal click reminiscent of the rhythmic kick drums of the genre.
Better than trying to explain music, you should just listen to it:
But if you prefer reading, here are some links:
- Gqom, the foot-stomping new sound of South Africa’s townships | Music | The Guardian
- Gqom: A deeper look at South Africa’s new generation of house