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TThe music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.

Jazz has a special place in South African music culture, and South African artists are well-known for pushing musical boundaries and doing things in new and exciting ways. The country’s political environment has had a major influence on its music, leading to the birth of original genres like kwaito, African jazz and mbube.

Did You Know?
“Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”, part of the joint national anthem of South Africa, was originally composed as a hymn by South African school teacher, Enoch Sontonga in 1897.

TThis vibrant contemporary music scene reflects a long and colourful history that saw African, American and European music forms mix, evolve and go on to entertain diverse groups of South Africans over the decades.

Making it, listening to it or moving to it—in South Africa, music infuses every aspect of our lives. The country has a rich musical heritage that includes both popular and folk forms, encompassing genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, kwaito and more.

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