We played Bongeziwe Mabandla on our show a while ago and he has a new track out with an artist that also sparked our attention: uSanele.
Tune in to our show on Wednesday and you might very well hear this tune.
It is Monday.
It is just after lunch.
You need some funkiness in your life.
We know you do.
So here it is:
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself
Or if you prefer NWA’s version:
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
Breaking down what could become the year’s new dance craze.
With last week’s release of the video for “Zanku (Leg Work),” Zlatan Ibile has consecrated himself as the originator of the newest dance craze in afropop.
The specific origin of the name ‘zanku’ is uncertain but the dance itself, says Ibile in this interview from December, is one he noticed from his visits to The Shrine in Lagos and refashioned into a trend.
The best zanku, so far, works best in beats combining repeated foot tapping or pounding, with hands held aloft, and finished with a flourish—a stylised thrusting of one foot as if to knock down a door. Variations include a faster footwork, mimicry of slicing and screwing hand motions and the brandshing of a white kerchief, all of which is done with vigour and attitude.