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  • noun South Africa, music A style of music featuring words chanted over house music
  • noun South Africa The meme or milieu associated with the music style.


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From Afrikaans kwaai (“angry”)


  • (The name kwaito comes from either the word kwai, which is Afrikaans slang for "hot," or a gang in Soweto called the AmaKwaitos.

    Kwaito Blows Up

  • To mark the disappointment of local musicians, Arthur Mafokate, a star of the local musical genre known as kwaito, has called on South African radio stations to play only African music for the duration of the tournament.

    AMERICAblog News

  • Regional variations such as Ghana’s hip-life scene have weaved themselves into African music as hip-hop negotiates Africa’s complex tribal matrix of indigenous cultures, rounding the cape and fusing with house music to become a sound known as kwaito.

    The Pirate’s Dilemma

  • Twenty-five-year-old Spoek Mathambo combines a witty, American hip-hop flow with whipsmart electro beats influenced by kwaito and Afro house.

    Clubs picks of the week

  • More interesting, perhaps, was TClementsUK's consideration of one of South Africa's own forms of pop: Is kwaito more the voice of the South African people than hip-hop is?

    Readers' reviews

  • The track, which also features South African group TKZee and Dario G, is the official Fifa World Cup Mascot song, which I'm hoping means that Zakumi the leopard will be shaking his spots to this crazyn mix of reggaeto, Miami rap, kwaito, and Euro dance music.

    Taking sides: If they gave a World Cup for best World Cup anthem, who deserves to win it?

  • At the rate it's going, kwaito may soon give millions of kids around the world the chance to do just that.

    Kwaito Blows Up

  • Bongo Maffin did a hit version of Makeba's famous song "Pata Pata" in 1997, and Masekela has incorporated kwaito into his last two albums.

    Kwaito Blows Up

  • Legendary musicians like Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela are turning to kwaito -- and vice versa.

    Kwaito Blows Up

  • The ubiquitous "sportie," a - soft-brimmed hat, has moved from kwaito parties to white shopping malls.

    Kwaito Blows Up


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