Afro House – Gqom

Gqom  is a genre of electronic dance music that emerged in the early 2010s from Durban, South Africa.[1] It developed out of South African house music, kwaito and Techno.[2] Unlike other South African electronic music, gqom is typified by minimal, raw and repetitive sound with heavy bass beats but without the four-on-the-floor rhythm pattern.[1]

Gqom Oh! is the kind of bolt from the blue that doesn’t come along every day. Check Dominowe’s ‘Africa’s Cry’, a stripped cyborg rattle of deep bass kicks, pots-and-pans percussion and a creeping synth, forming menacingly across chemically-altered skies. Or the martial drums and bleeping top-line of the bumping ‘Sgubhu 6 (Gqom Edit)’ by Forgotten Souls. Gqom is DIY, a low-budget street sound at odds with the smooth, clean production of the populist kwaito house. The bass is derived from the subby kick drums and the tracks are sparse, built from few components; there’s little in the way of melody to be found.

The word gqom – sometimes expressed as qgom, igqom, gqomu or variants thereof – derives from an onomatopoeic combination of click consonants in isiZulu and isiXhosa meaning a hitting drum

Music connoisseurs who embraced the new sound included the likes of South African rapper Okmalumkoolkat, Italian record label Gqom Oh owner, Malumz Kole,[9] Afrotainment record label owner DJ Tira, as well as Babes wodumo with the music taste-maker and personal public relations liaison, Cherish LaLa Mankai.[9] Related artists are DJ Lag, DJ Bongz, Lord The Dj, MasterT, Dj Noffoh, Dj Nkaa, Rudeboyz, Distruction Boyz & AudioBoyz.[10]