Thursday May 12, 2016
SOUTH AFRICA’S MUSIC: FIVE ARTISTS YOU REALLY SHOULD BE LISTENING TO
By: Conor Gaffey
South African musicians are celebrating a decision by one of the country’s largest broadcasters to introduce a quota in favor of local music on its radio stations.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced Thursday that it will now play 90 percent local music on its 18 radio stations. SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said the decision was taken as part of the corporation’s mandate “is to reflect the South African story and music is an important part in ensuring that the SABC fulfils this mandate.”
The decision means that South Africans will be able to hear more of the music produced in the country. In order that the rest of the world doesn’t miss out, Newsweek recommends five South African musicians worth listening to.
1. Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The undisputed kings of South African a cappella, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have released more than 50 albums and accumulated four Grammy awards in their illustrious history. The all-male group has pioneered several styles of music, including isicathamiya—a singing style that originated among black Zulu workers who left their homes and traveled far away to work in the mines of South Africa.
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