Worldwide the music industry is one of the highest paying fields. Even in South Africa, some musicians managed to make millions this year. Whether it was through tours, record sales or business partnerships, these musicians have made serious bank throughout their careers. The controversial Steve Hofmeyr has been in the music industry for many years, however, he also made his mark as an actor and television presenter throughout his career. The rapper, who started while he was still in his teens, made his money with his first album in Malope, aka the African Queen of Gospel, year career made her one of the richest musicians in the country. Thus far, she sold 10 million albums over the span of her career, reaching multi-platinum, platinum or gold status for 35 of her albums. The DStvMVCA's, in its 2nd year running, gives viewers a platform to choose their favourite entertainers, who have become a significant part of their daily lives, while recognizing both seasoned and new professionals, therefore contributing to the growth of Mzansi talent. The group has been on the South African, and international, music scene since
Maskandi is a kind of Zulu folk music that is evolving with South African society. It is the music of the man walking the long miles to court a bride, or to meet with his Chief; a means of transport. It is the music of the man who sings of his real life experiences, his daily joys and sorrows, his observations of the world. Nowadays this is untrue in as much as it is no longer just the domain of men. African women - notably the Busi Mhlongo, and in more recent times Dr. Maskandi happens to be the second top selling genre in South Africa, after Gospel music. These perceptions are beginning to change quite rapidly, as the world observes more people following African oriented trends. Although the genre has been in existence for many years, after the 90's there seemed to be no real interest shown in the music by youths and young musicians. This was due to the large influences of western and pop culture, which led to most young musicians to choose to pursue western genres of music such as Hip-Hop, Pop and RnB. This led to the problem of having very few young Maskandi musicians to carry the genre forward, putting the future of the genre at risk.
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The Zulu people are a South African ethnic group. Many Zulu musicians together with Xhosa musicians have become a major part of South African music. A number of Zulu-folk derived styles have become well known across South Africa and abroad. Kwaito is a music genre that emerged in Johannesburg , South Africa , during the s. It is a variant of house music featuring the use of African sounds and samples. Typically at a slower tempo range than other styles of house music, Kwaito often contains catchy melodic and percussive loop samples, deep bass lines, and vocals. Despite its similarities to hip hop music , Kwaito has a distinctive manner in which the lyrics are sung, rapped and shouted. American producer Diplo has described Kwaito as "slowed-down garage music ," most popular among the black youth of South Africa. Maskanda or Maskandi is a kind of Zulu folk music that is evolving with South African society.
He was one of the lead vocalists for The Rockets for three years and has worked on several successful musical theatre productions. The title track of his first solo album, Venus, still receives regular airplay more than 20 years since its release and is regarded as his signature tune. Today Izobell is a sought-after producer, songwriter, comedic MC and musician with eight albums to his credit. She often adorns her face with white stipples of Xhosa face paint as an expression of her roots. Black took part in three editions of South African Idols before moving to Joburg at the beginning of to pursue her music career. The mix of Mbaqanga, Mgqashiyo, Maskandi, African jazz and more, inspired Monama to invite musicians to revisit and preserve a musical art-form that kept people singing through difficult socio-political times. Themba Mokoena guitar , McCoy Mrubata saxophone and flute , Mduduzi Mtshali piano , Concord Nkabinde bass guitar and Paki Peloeole drums represent a mix of old and new - in the s Mokoena was part of the generation of musicians who developed the sound of Marabi and African jazz while Mrubata has played with everyone from Hugh Masekela to Lucky Dube. Monama often works as musical director for the Vuyani Dance Company and released his debut album, Rebounce, in The Cape Town-based artist has played a pivotal role in the emergence of electronica as a real force on the national and international music scene.