Gqom (or Gqomu or Igqom) is the raw, relentless strain of House that is ubiquitous throughout the townships of Durban, South Africa. It is described as ‘THE music in Durban’ – booming from taxis, shopping malls and makeshift clubs, the uncompromising sound and minimal arrangements make for music strictly designed for the dance. Rudeboyz are Durban trio Massive Q, Andile-T and Menchess. Having made their debut on London Grime upstarts Goon Club Allstars with the ‘Rudeboyz’ EP, they create hard-hitting, no-nonsense party anthems, with a darker, more gritty tone to the usual club offerings. The record took quite some time to release, mainly due to the digital infrastructure in Durban, with the local internet connection described as ‘woeful’ – consequently a number of their tracks have been released at lower bit-rates.
Free Download: Rudeboyz – Japanese Sax.
Take in some dark South African House from the townships of Durban…