March 21st, 2007

Get Ur Freak On

more on kwaito, FYI —

de rigeur, them mans (?) make mad remixes too ::


  • 1. wayneandwax  |  March 22nd, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    just occurred to me: are the videos above threatened by v1@c_m’s recent litigious turn? or is it cool to repost (riposte!) MTVideos if they were broadcast overseas? (suppose it depends on v1@c_m’s relationship to said broadcaster, though this opens a potentially big hole in the “content” “defense” “wall,” p’raps.)

  • 2. ripley  |  March 27th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    overseas broadcasts likely covered under various treaties. WIPO sees to most of that.

    these tunes posted seem like basic house remixes to me. Although the first one has that Kwaito swing to it. But mostly they seem pretty housey. Maybe I’ll give another listen, but is there anything you find particularly special about them other than origin?

  • 3. wayneandwax  |  March 28th, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Yeah, I figured as much about the treaties. Just wasn’t sure about the various transnational licensing deals involved, and what they might stipulate, and whether there might be any loopholes that emerge (fat chance). Seems like quite a legal mess to me, at any rate.

    Kwaito is, of course, deeply informed by house, so it’s not surprising that they might sound that way to you. The main difference, essentially, is tempo: kwaito beats tend to employ house-/techno-style rhythmic patterns in something closer to a hip-hop tempo (e.g., around 100 bpm rather than 120). As for their origin, I’m not even sure about that. They’re clearly labeled as “kwaito remixes” but the person who uploaded them gives his/her location as “United Kingdom.”


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