South African Music

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South African Music consist of various genres from universal music, cross over and indigenous. Throughout history music in South Africa has been define by the mood of that generation or sub-generation. Isicathamiya, one of South Africa's most enduring genre is believed to have originated in the 1920s in Zulu regions. Marabi is also believed to have originated from that same period in the townships of Johannesburg.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s as the apartheid system was on it's last legs the spirit of freedom and rebellion in the townships birthed a new genre, Kwaito. Today's South African music scene consist of a myriad of genres and sub-genres including but not limited to Maskandi, Isicathamiya, Kwaito, Gospel Hip Hop, Afropop, Jazz, Choral and various forms of Dance Music and related sub-genres.


  1. Music Org, THE reference resource on southern and South African musicians, 24 August 2019