The Sound of South African Township Jive

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Heard On The Odyssey Series

South Africa is home to a number of popular musical forms including Mbaqanga, a genre characterized as urban pop music and, Township Jive that emerged from the apartheid era in South Africa. With high-pitched, choppy guitars and a powerful bass line, township jive or “TJ”, heavily influenced by “funk, reggae, American R&B and soul, also draws on South African Marabi styled gospel music which defines the heavily influence style of township jive…

Episode Credits

  • Dr. Jonathan Øverby Host
  • Joe Hardtke Technical Director

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