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 Africait 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.