South African Music after Apartheid: Kwaito, the “Party Politic,” and the Appropriation of Gold as a Sign of Success

@article{Steingo2005SouthAM,
  title={South African Music after Apartheid: Kwaito, the “Party Politic,” and the Appropriation of Gold as a Sign of Success},
  author={Gavin Steingo},
  journal={Popular Music and Society},
  year={2005},
  volume={28},
  pages={333 - 357}
}
“Kwaito” refers to the musical genre associated with South African black youth in the post‐Apartheid era. Essentially a form of dance music, in its most common form kwaito is intentionally apolitical and represents music “after the struggle.” The term “kwaito” also refers to a whole youth culture complete with vernacular and fashion norms. The “values” of the kwaito generation reflect mainstream consumer capitalism. However, kwaito is infused with, and complicated by, its own unique history… 

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