South Africa’s new wave blends genres old and new to create a progressive music scene

South Africa’s new wave blends genres old and new to create a progressive music scene

“I think genre is an outdated concept,” says Busiswa after her performance in an interview with The FADER. “I think that most artists are crossing between everything. It should be allowed because that’s where new sounds come from. But I think that artists should acknowledge the genres that they stem from. And the genres that have influenced them. For me, it’s afro- house, afrobeats, gqom, house, kwaito.” She adds that she’s proud of her music being a hybrid of different genres from the country and continent. “Those are genres that come from South Africa originally,” she says, “they aren’t copied from anywhere in the world. And I’m a product of that, genres that come originally from South Africa. I’m ready to take them to the world as they are, and as they are influenced by other genres from artists we admire.” The rapper-producer duo Stiff Pap, whose latest EP Stiff Pap Radio eludes classification, are inspired by genres they grew up listening to. “I grew up listening to music that my family played. I wasn’t really sure what genre it was, but it all stuck with me,” says Mshindi, the resident Stiff Pap producer. “Genres are always very constraining, you have to do this and that to fit into that genre,” says the other half of Stiff Pap, the rapper Ayema Problem. On Stiff Pap Radio, Ayema Problem places his rhymes, which are heavily inspired by kwaito, over varied production that references EDM, kwaito and hip-hop.

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Written By: The FADER

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