From Alaska to Trompies. From Brown Dash to Boom Shaka. From the streets of eNdofaya to Zola, Kwaito arguably represents the most important music genre and sub-culture that post-apartheid South Africa has birthed.
Born to Kwaito revisits history as told through the vibrant lens of Kwaito, which is more than just music. Kwaito presented a new unbridled expression of Black South African youths. It carried the political significance of Black South Africans deciding to take a moment to enjoy themselves and the promise of their freedom. Born to Kwaito takes us through the tsiki tsiki yho’s of our South African narrative, cementing a culture of living, dancing and human relation unique to Kwaito and unique to eKasi.
Trail-blazed by likes of Oskido, Kwaito created a whole new and vibrant way of being for the Black person in South Africa’s newly found democracy.
In this impressively researched debut, authors Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu pay tribute to a time when Brenda Fassie; Lebo Mathosa; Thembi Seete; Nomasonto ‘Mshoza’ Maswanganyi; Zanele ‘Nestum’ Nyakale; Queen ‘Iyaya’ Sesoko; Sharon Dee and Thandiswa Mazwai made dance anthems. Created movements. Disrupted patriarchy and paved the way.