South African house music originated from Pretoria in the early 90’s and spread to the capital city. It spread quickly and gained a lot of popularity because of the African beats. Most South Africans could easily relate to the music because it is so much more than just music. The music tells a story of their culture, beliefs and struggle. South African house music was derived from kwaito, which is still relevant in the music industry. It is a mixed version of the two genres coupled with drum beats and a lot of bases. Also known as the afro house or dance music, house music is very popular in South Africa and has the world’s largest per capita house music market. Discussed below are the ten most exceptional South African house music.
Here Goes the List of 10 Exceptional South African House Music
1. Blake Motions – Lazy Song
A Blake motion is a duo group from Kalawa Jazmee. The duo has had massive hits in South Africa and the neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Mozambique. Among the duo’s hit is the single “Bhana Shilolo” and “Banake Mavocy”. Their latest hit, however, is sung in English. The song mainly encourages people to dance their hearts out and forget all their sorrows. It is a combination of soulful voices, drums and heavy bass and is simply danceable. Even though it is not in their native tongue like it is common, this song is extremely danceable and fun.
2. Kalawa Jazmee Dance Album – By Pex Africah
Kalawa dance album is an album created by one of the best producers and DJ Pex Africa. Renowned for his tribal and African sounds, he has produced the greatest hits both in kwaito and afro house. He is signed with the big Mzansi label. The dance album is a collection of club favourites in the house music industry. He is also behind the hit singles “I wanna” which featured Busiswa and “Samatapayapa”. Also, he has worked with dancehalls artistes such as professor and Oskido. This album is one of the best when it comes to house music and the afro sound is well executed.
3. “Lento” – By Professor Featuring Speedy
Produced by African beat genius heavy k also known as the drumbos genius which is the name of an album he produced, this track has been a hit ever since it was produced in 2011. Professor has had immense success in house music in South Africa and is among the bigwigs in the industry. With heavy k’s brilliance, the track manages to pull off an afro house that is authentic and unique.
4. “Khona” – By Mafikizolo
“Khona” is a recent house hit single that was produced by a group of talented young producers called Uhuru. They were discovered by Kalawa Jazmee. The song has certainly expanded their territories following its warm reception by house music lovers.
5. Da Capos Remix of Manoeo’s “Pretty Disaster”
Manoeo’s song “Pretty Disaster” came into full swing hit after it was remixed by Da capo, a producer from Limpopo. The young rising star did a more interesting version of “Pretty Disaster” which has since become popular among South African DJ’s which placed Manoeo in a bright light with more appreciation of the debut single.
6. Bucie on “Induku Enjele” Featuring Demor
Bucie is referred to by many as South African’s queen of house music and has done great things. She has a soulful voice and her video on this particular song is refreshingly African. Although most of her music is in English, Bucie does her native language justice in this amazing track.
7. Turn around – By DJ Cleo and Teddy Bears
This song is definitely a party song. The song has a bit of pop music sound in the background and the video is simple but very entertaining. It has been a hit song since its release and continues to rock party people in clubs.
8. Round & Round – The Infinite Boys
This is another amazing South African house music that you should listen to. The infinite boys did not disappoint just like it has been the trend. This particular song featured among the number one hits that frequently play on the radio.
9. Living Dangerously – Umlilo
This is yet another exciting and entertaining South African Music that has curved a notable niche. It was sung by Umlilo and the song featured on their debut album, titled “Shade of Kwaai”. Living dangerously is a single that has captured the heart of both the young and the old. It features renowned rapper from Cape Town, Kyala Phil.
10. Dj Shimza & Thakzin – Song Of Liberty
One of the most successful DJs produced two CDs that compliment each other and have since become very popular in clubs. Shimza, who attended Soul Caudi academy that sharpened his skills did not disappoint with his hit CDs since they are played in all places where house music fans converge in South Africa.
These are just but the 10 exceptional South African house music. There are many more hits that will definitely sweep you off your feet.