Learn Kwaito African Dance
What is Kwaito African Dance?
Kwaito is a style of music that originated around Soweto, South Africa in the early 1990s. It has been described as an “urban soup” of South African jazz and township pop, mixed with Western house and rap.
History of Kwaito African Dance
Kwaito African Dance is also influenced by mbaqanga, dancehall, and disco music and carries a “four to the floor” disco/house beat. It draws musical influence from the U.S. and Europe, but also from local roots which can for example be heard in the use of synthesized marimba and in the use of Izibongo praise poetry.
Typically at a slower tempo range than other styles of house music, Kwaito often contains catchy melodic and percussive loop samples, deep bass lines, and vocals. Despite its similarities to hip hop music, Kwaito has a distinctive manner in which the lyrics are sung, rapped and shouted. American producer Diplo has described Kwaito as “slowed-down garage music,” most popular among the black youth of South Africa.