Music South Africa

Gqom: the rise of a new South African sound

La chanteuse Sho Madjozi
La chanteuse Sho Madjozi
Gqom singer Sho Madjozi © Garth Von Glehn
Gqom (hitting drum in Zulu) is a South African music genre from Durban’s townships 🇿🇦. Emerged during the 2010’s, it’s a style half-way between urban houses and South African traditional tunes. 
Worldwide, especially in France, it has gained fame throughout people who were not familiar with it thanks to the movie Black Panther. Indeed some tracks of the movie were used on social media for the #BlackPanther challenge. On the other side, Gqom was boosted with the rise of the dance move gwara gwara. Today you can’t pretend to be a good dancer if you cannot do it 😌. 

How to dance Gqom?

Like any musical style, it is associated with dance moves such as vosho and gwara gwara 
Rihanna qui danse le gwara gwara
See even Rihanna does the gwara gwara ©
Danse vosho
Demo of vosho ©
Let’s just be honest, these dance moves are not for everyone 😂. So if you can’t do it, no stress. When you dance, there are no rules. The most important is to have fun 😉. 

What does Gqom sound?

To answer this question, let me share with you my top 3 😎
Currently, it’s impossible to talk about Gqom music without mentioning 👑 Sho Madjozi (yep, I’m a fan). Since 2017, everything she has released ends up being a hit like her song Huku
We continue with Distruction Boyz. Seen as one of pioneers of the Gqom movement, the duo released Omunye in 2017. In addition to put the group on the international scene 🌍, this song gave them their first gold. 
We finish this top 3 with That’s for me, a mix between Bongo Flava 🇹🇿 and Gqom 🇿🇦. For this song, the Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee is joined by the South African artists: Dj Tira and Distruction Boyz. Well, that’s simply a BOP! 💃🏽
It’s a specific music and may not be to everyone’s tastes. As for me, no need to ask the question if I like it or not 😂. Just put the music on and I will be the first one to turn up. 
I hope that you enjoy this post and especially find out or learn more about this music. 
As usual, don’t forget to like, comment and share✌🏽.
Froholically, F. 
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