A Kwaito Artist's Hood

As apartheid fell in South Africa in the early 1990s, a new genre of urban music arose.

It's called Kwaito, a blend of traditional South African sounds and western genres, such as house and hip hop.

But Kwaito and hip hop share more than just a common rhythm. Both have given young black people new opportunities, and both have grown out of underprivileged, sometimes violent neighborhoods.

One of those neighborhoods is Zola, in the town of Soweto, where blacks were forced to live during apartheid. At least half a dozen big-time Kwaito performers hail from there.

So, for part two of our series on Kwaito, Sean Cole of WBUR's Inside Out documentaries headed to Zola with one of its famous sons.

This program aired on July 28, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.


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