I got goosebumps when I listened to Spirit by Kwesta featuring Wale today. After what’s been a really good year for Kwesta, I am tempted to say he has shut down the industry once again with Spirit. Not because it features Wale. Not because it has a similar beat line to Ngud’. Not because it has bars! But for one simple reason, it’s simply Kwaito!
South Africans are one of the most authentic people you will meet in the world because of the way they’re able to adapt to anything that is global, and give it a ‘Mzansi’ flavour. Kwesta didn’t try to sound American because he was featuring an American rapper. Having also made quite a mark on Sway in the Morning, he had all the reasons to try penetrate the Hip Hop market in the U.S. Instead he made something for us, South Africans, and delivered it so well with Wale who came through with a solid verse. As you know historically some American features for SA artists have been underwhelming. I won’t name drop, but you know them the songs I’m referring to!
Back to the song. One colleague of mine termed Kwaito, a poor man’s hip hop. I grew up listening to Trompies, TKzee, Mandoza, Brown Dash, Mzekeze, so of course I was hugely offended by this. There is no easy way of explaining what Kwaito music is, but one of the ways I have identified is that it’s a genre that adapts to anything from House Music, Pop, R&B to Hip Hop. Kwaito was able to sample from different genres.
Kwesta has once again reminded us of this by sampling one of the most loved deep house songs in SA history, These Tears by Spirit Chaser. It’s gonna be a long and fun summer this year!
Check the song here and let us know what you think.