Gqom

 
The soundtrack to Dezemba
The soundtrack to Dezemba
It is the second week of South Africa's favourite season: Dezemba. Stokvels are dividing the dividends from their earnings, camp chairs and cooler...
DJ Lag: The gqom whisperer comes home
DJ Lag: The gqom whisperer comes home
“I was just trying to create something that sounded like hip-hop, but on a house tempo” is how DJ Lag tried to articulate his sound on our...
Queen of the beat just gets louder and louder
Queen of the beat just gets louder and louder
Party-starter, infamous (former) Kalawa “chikita” and gqom loudhailer Busiswa is nothing if not armoured in confidence. Pick damn near any beat...
The muted thump of Gqom Nation
The muted thump of Gqom Nation
In 2017, after watching an EPK named Gqomwave (the title of both Maphorisa’s and Rudeboyz’s releases; you can guess who coined it...
Expanding gqom’s visual palette
Expanding gqom’s visual palette
Perhaps in a manner similar to dancehall, it is nearly impossible to speak of gqom without paying attention to its environmental context. The dance...
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
The local music industry is undergoing a huge change. From the fringes, a new set of rules is slowly emerging, favouring individuality, unrestrained creativity and a break from a rigid obsession with prepackaged genres....
Surfing the Gqom Wave to oblivion
Surfing the Gqom Wave to oblivion
To call it a wave or anything similarly short-lived is to undermine it. Watching the Gqom Wave documentary, a seeming accompaniment to DJ...
Welcome to the self-love club
Welcome to the self-love club
FAKA have always come across as artists for whom sound defines a large part of their practice. Formed by friends Desire Marea and Fela Gucci, FAKA...
​Babes Wodumo: The queen of gqom with dololo cares
​Babes Wodumo: The queen of gqom with dololo cares
Gqom, perhaps no more than other forms of music, is a testosterone-driven genre where the record of female participation can sometimes go...
Bhizer adds more ingredients to his gqom mix
Bhizer adds more ingredients to his gqom mix
Bhizer is gqom’s supreme penman. For evidence of that, one only has to listen to the 26-year-old’s hit, Aw’ Kodwa, which has now...
Qoh and gqom: Music and ecstasy mix in Durban
Qoh and gqom: Music and ecstasy mix in Durban
The late Alexander Shulgin, "the godfather of ecstasy", was more than just a Harvard-educated chemist with a penchant for MDMA. Over the course of...

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