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South African Music and Record Companies

Kwaito: the voice of youth by Grant Clark

This article is about Grant Clark’s trip to South Africa to study the country’s music. Clark discusses how Blacks were required to have “identity cards and passes” to just walk around. He also explains how most of the population are under 21 and use Kwaito as a way to speak openly about how they feel. He states that Kwaito is about “ghetto life.”

At first many artist had a hard time exposing their music. The music is made in studios and not with live bands. So, most artists tried to get sign with a record company. When they couldn’t get signed they started selling their tapes themselves. However, now the music is everywhere.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/rhythms/southafrica.shtml

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