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Black Motion choose 20 Essential South African House Tracks



The dance music originated by African Americans has, in the past decade, returned to its ancestral home. Though the embrace has happened later than in many countries its explosion in popularity is no less overwhelming than when house music caused social change in the UK in the late 1980s. House music now rivals reggae and hip-hop as the most popular sound of parties and clubs in many urban African areas and African DJ/producers like Black Coffee, Culoe De Song and Djeff Afrozila have broken through onto the international scene.

Already very popular in South Africa, production/DJ/performance duo Black Motion are set to be the next breakthrough act. Both having a history in music production, Robert (DJ Murda) Mahosana and Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane met in Soshanguve, a township located 25 km north of Pretoria in 2010 and formed a bond through a love of house music and an appreciation of traditional African music.

What really sets them apart from other house music artists is their live show in which the roots of their African music comes through, via the rhythms laid down by Murda’s Djing and Thabo’s accompanying percussion and in the way they both spectacularly respond to the music. It’s an infectious sight for an audience to behold.

“We are greatly inspired by Africa. We try and stay true to our sound as much as possible and try not to forget the roots of the music and culture that we have”

They have picked 20 Essential South African House Tracks to give you a flavour of the music they play, they join us on the Data Transmission Beach Party at this years Defected Croatia, running from 11th – 15th August in Tisno, Croatia. You can find out more information by clicking here.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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