Time for SA to call it quits with kwaito?

Concern for the survival of kwaito over the years has reached boiling point as the genre struggles to remain part of South Africa's musical journey.

This comes after South African Music Awards (SAMA) CEO, Thobela Dlamini, recently warned of a possible removal of kwaito as a category from the national awards ceremony.

Three categories have been added: Best African Indigenous Gospel Ablum, Best Africa Artist Album and Best AfroPop Album.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to CEO of RiSA (Recording Industry of South Africa) Nhlanhla Sibisi about whether it's time for the nation to call it a day with the music genre.

There is that thing that you can't just let kwaito die because it reminds us of a particular moment in time.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA

He said that it was important for musicians to create music that is "pure South African" to contribute to a national identity.

However, record sales and submissions for awards ceremonies has dwindled as house and hip hop gain popularity.

Listen to the full interview below:


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