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”

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–


  • 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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