January 13th, 2009

House Kwasa Kwasa House

I still haven’t been able to send him those guitars, but Red Pepper has the Ruff Riddims studio up and running (and blogging!) — and it’s not like there aren’t guitars or guitarists in Botswana.

Indeed, the first track I’ve heard out of the studio, “Dumelang” by Skeat (pronounced Skee-tee), is an ebullient bit of kwasa house (aka, house kwasa), including that trademark kwasa-kwasa guitar (nodding to the noodly lines of soukous). No doubt it’ll be a local hit. But will Vampire Weekend fans dig it?

Skeat, “Dumelang”
[audio:http://wayneandwax.com/wp/audio/skeat-dumelang.mp3]

Skeat’s 17. Lots more songs in him. In this occasionally audible interview, he sounds young and confident about his mix of “traditional, house kwasa, kwaito.” I look fwd to hearing more.

Plus, the hip-hop/reggae/r&b of Tebza Rocker! Stay tuned–

4 Comments

  • 1. Daniel Boris Dzula  |  January 14th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I tend to be a silent-reader, but I had to speak up about this post – amazing, thank you!

  • 2. wayneandwax  |  January 14th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Thanks, Daniel — It’s always good to hear from readers I didn’t know were reading! Glad to hear you dig what’s happening at Ruff Riddims.

  • 3. DUTTY ARTZ » Blog A&hellip  |  July 30th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    […] on this year, Wayne introduced us to Skeat’s “Dumelang” – a jam which I think gets played at every NY Tropical, and I’ve heard Geko and […]

  • 4. Rachel  |  November 29th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I just happened onto this site and I saw the link for Botswana. I don’t know how it could be done, but the local artists from Botswana are amazing – Vee, Alfred Mos, Nature Boys, and Bojo Mujo from South Africa. They aren’t very available, but if this is popular then is there a way to get there stuff out to the public? There should be a Botswana party dedicated to artists from there and making their music known.

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