Afro House is a sub-genre of House music, with its roots predominantly in South Africa. A fusion of Kwaito, Tribal, Deep and Soulful House music, in South Africa it is classed as Deep House or Soulful House, although it has its own unique sound. Africa is the birthplace of mankind and music, and this is reflected in the musical style – particularly in the “stripped back” original percussion sounds and rhythms.
Prominent places in tune with the sub-genre are Pretoria, Soweto, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town within South Africa – worldwide, cities such as Amsterdam, Dubai, and Split/Dubrovnik are embracing the sound heavily.
Like all genres and sub-genres, it splits into different camps – one displaying more original African tribal sounds (tribal-house, Afro-beats) and the other combining a fusion of Chicago/NYC Soulful house with an African twist, and characterised by a vocal-led, more “sophisticated” style.
The genre has grown and developed alongside significant changes in the country in which it began. In 1994 the country transitioned from the unjust Apartheid laws to majority rule, with the African National Congress (ANC) party coming to power, led by its iconic and world respected leader, Nelson Mandela. As often, with a major change in politics, this change brought a new found freedom and an uprising of musical talent and expression.
You Can’t Hide · Hyenah · Floyd Lavine
Born and raised in South Africa, Floyd Lavine is an ‘African Nomadʼ, an Artist of a new African generation. Floyd wants to explore our global village in every direction, with one foot in Berlin and the other in Cape Town. His passion for electronic music is deeply rooted, influenced by African rhythms and predominantly focusing on grooves which he describes as essences of the African soul. The spirit and sensuality of his sound have gained him acclaimed recognition. Floyd is one of the creators of RISE, an African-inspired event & record label based in Berlin , holding monthly events at Watergate Club and showcases across Europe and Africa. RISE has had major impact on the European electronic scene its no wonder headliners acts like Black Coffee , Henrik Schwarz , Culoe De Song , Djeff Afrozilla , Osunladeare regular guests. Floyd has had the pleasure of presenting his unique talent at some of the world premier events around the world like Glastonbury Festival Uk ,Berghain and Watergate Berlin , Horde and Djoon in Paris , Greece , Italy , USA , and shows in Nigeria , Angola , Mozambique , to leading South African festival like Rocking the Daises in Cape Town to Oppiekoppie Festival . Music wise Floyd has released on some of the leading international labels including Get Physical Records , Watergate Records , Upon.you Records and his own imprint RISE Music
Laroz & Matara – Kadana (Original Mix)
MATARA (Bar Matari) a due Israeli born. we have been able to shape & leave our mark on the tracks with unique sounds and soon ready to became one of the leading artist in the underground scene. we’re taking the next step and pushing the boundaries of the crowds’ mindset and testing the logic of the world. making art since 2008 .
Jonny Miller, Kid Fonque _ Jaded (Hypaphonik Derived Mix)
Kid Fonque aka Allan Nicoll has played a vital role in South African electronic music and club culture over the last 20 years, trending from DJ to promoter and producer to a career as label manager and radio and TV host. He made his DJ debut at the legendary 206 ov er twenty years ago, and has since DJed alongside Gilles Peterson, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tom Misch, Bonobo, Skepta, Henrik Schwarz, Âme, Rich Medina and more over the years … He founded the Stay True Sounds label in 2015, and its key artists include Fka Mas h, Dwson, Jazzuelle, Zito Mowa, China Charmeleon and Sio. In 2019, he launched sister label STY TRU BTS to showcase South African beats, soul, hip – hop and electronica. Thus far, the label has released radiant records from Sej_, YoursTruly, Wun.Eye, Mateyu and more. As a producer, he’s collaborated with Theo Parrish, Charles Webster, Zaki Ibrahim, Atjazz, D – Malice, Jonny Miller and many more, and on his debut album, 2019’s ‘I Move To A Different Beat’ he worked with Ty, Ziyon, Card On Spokes and others. The album received rave 5/5 reviews from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Alex Barck (Jazzanova) and Rainer Tr ü by. In early 202 1 he release d a collaborative album with Jonny Miller called ‘Connected’, with features from Toshi, Sio, Lay – Far and Jaidene Veda whi ch got ‘Album Of The Month’ on Apple Music Africa and ‘Album Of The Week’ on Traxsource . His Selective Styles radio show started on national broadcaster 5FM in 2016. The biggest niche radio show in SA, it won Best Dance Radio Show at the 2019 Dance Music Awards. Other Stay True Sounds winners at the awards were SculpturedMusic’s ‘Sad To Think’ (Fka Mash Glitch Dub), which won Remix of the Year. TV show Kid Fonque Presents True Music Sessions premiered on Channel O in 2019, and in the 13 – episode series, Kid Fonque chatted to cutiing – edge musos such as Sio, Lemon & Herb, Kususa, Daev Martian and Gina Jeanz. Free of boundaries – be they genres or borders – Kid Fonqu e traverses styles, from bass and broken beat to bossa nova, hip – hop and every shade of house, and crosses mediums. He’s the de facto spokesperson for Mzansi’s electronic music scene and one of its proudest proponents.
Jamila, Vanco _ Breathe (Original Mix)
Hailing from Douglasdale, Johannesburg South Africa is Vanco, a diverse DJ/Producer versed in the genre of Dance music. Stepping onto the music scene in 2015, Vanco incorporates his African touch in his music creation. From the build-up of his career, he has released several tracks under international labels like Universal Music Group, Get Physical, Connected, Foliage Records, Afrocentric records, just to mention a few. Vanco has worked with artists including Black Motion, Djeff, Boddhi Satva just to mention a few. Vanco’s songs have been received well on a large scale smashing the dance floors, festivals across the globe & being played in Ibiza, Ultra, Tomorrowland & supported by International djs. Vanco has shared stages with artist like Black Coffee, Bob Sinclar, Black Motion, Da Capo, Dj Angelo, Themba, Djeff, Dj Shimza,Dj Fresh, Pablo Fierro & Boddhi Satva just to mention a few. He has also played at festivals and events in (Europe, Africa, Middle East), Mixmag “The Lab”, Ultra-South Africa, Santorini Greece, Dubai, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Turkey, Portugal, Angola, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Johannesburg, Cape town, Durban, other cities in South Africa & countries across the globe. 2020 Vanco is set to release a new Ep in February titled Memories & its one to watch out for. Vanco continues to build his brand, touring the world in Europe, Asia , Middle East, Africa and perfecting his craft, his work with thumping percussions, heavy baselines and sweet vocals, intertwining rhythmically, igniting audiences everywhere.
Saint Evo – Dalalekutuk [CDR084]
Saint Evo, the CEO of Celsius Degree Records, is a DJ/Producer hailing from the savannah plains of Kajiado County, home of the famed Maasai people. He is celebrated as one of the pioneer producers of the Afro House sound in East Africa and has collaborated with a multitude of producers and vocalists from across the globe. He is the other half of GEMINVS the band.