Music gurus claim Gqom genre set to take SA sound international

There's something about Gqom music that just makes you want to move. While you may be one of those that know when a Gqom song is on, many people are still uncertain about what the South African music genre is all about.

Award-winning arts journalist, Percy Mabandu and record label boss and musician Mthokozi ‘DJ Tira’ Khathi say that Gqom is a dance genre that is rooted in Kwaito.

For DJ Tira, Gqom is the SA sound that has to potential to go international. He says that this genre is not a phase, it is a sound that needs to be produced and well marketed.

For me, Gqom is the one sound that can really break into the international market in terms of our dance music. It is there being represented by the likes of Black Coffee and a bit by Black Motion - but there are a whole lot of other musicians that are doing Gqom in South Africa that are ready to break into the international market.

Mthokozi ‘DJ Tira’ Khathi

Mabandu would like to see the evolution of Gqom. Manadu says that the genre is still in its infancy and will grow and thrive as it becomes more sophisticated.

I am fascinated about how Gqom is going to evolve going forward as it becomes aware of itself and the surrounding cultural space that it functions within.

Percy Mabandu, Award-winning arts journalist

As a sound, Gqom for me sounds very basic. As it becomes sophisticated, where will it go as a form? That is what's fascinating.

Percy Mabandu, Award-winning arts journalist

Listen to the full conversation below:


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