House music is being described as the biggest thing in South Africa for young people and now it is catching on in Britain and influencing musicians in the UK.
House music is as big as hip hop used to be in South Africa and is very commercial heard in shops, taxis, bars, parties, and on mobile phones. Some of the biggest names include Brothers of Peace, Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo, and Black Coffee.
House music first evolved from the Chicago club scene in the 1980′s, made popular in discotheques catering to black and latino communities before moving to Detroit, New York City, New Jersey, and Miami. It then made its way into Britain but now the music is taking on a different sound – the sound of South Africa.
Soul and funk are major elements but so are percussion, bass drum, synthesizer bassline,electronic drums, electronic effects, pop samples, and reverb.
In Britain the music was first influenced by black dancers doing a move known as “foot shuffling” or “cutting shapes”. It became part of mainstream pop and dance worldwide since the 1990s.
House music is very popular in the Midlands and north of England in Manchester,Birmingham, and Nottingham but has also gained a foothold in London clubs.