03/11/2020: “Kona” by Sho Madjozi

South African music stands out even from the diversity of Africa. This frenetic effort from Sho Madjozi is as South African as it comes.

Taken from her seminal Limpopo Champions League, released 2018, this has a lighter – yet still energetic – tone compared to some of the other songs featured on the album, which are more along Gqom and Kwaito lines.

The beat is pacey, reminiscent of old school South African dance styles such as Shagaan Electro. The ears are fed heartily on the deep rhythms, punchy bass and percussion jumping and twisting with reckless abandon.

There’s a reason South African kids dance in such a crazy way… SA dance music is just a cut above!

The lyrics are in Tsonga and English, although because it’s SA, Swahili and Zulu also enter the mix. The country is diverse, to say the least. Maybe that’s why the music is so cool!

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