Iinkedama’s Iyebo Yebo: A New Gqom Hit

    Iinkedama's Iyebo Yebo: A New Gqom Hit

    Iinkedama, a duo of South African gqom producers, have released a new song titled Iyebo Yebo, which is part of their debut album Durban Chillies. The song is a catchy and energetic gqom track that showcases their talent and creativity.

    Gqom is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Durban, South Africa, in the early 2010s. It is characterized by heavy bass, percussive rhythms, and minimal vocals. Gqom has gained popularity both locally and internationally, with artists like DJ Lag, Babes Wodumo, Distruction Boyz, and Sho Madjozi representing the genre.

    Iinkedama, which consists of Mfanafuthi Malamba and Phelelani Mkhize, have been making gqom music since 2018. They have collaborated with other gqom artists like DJ Tira, Tipcee, and Dladla Mshunqisi. Their album Durban Chillies was released in November 2022 by Afrotainment, a leading record label in South Africa.

    Iyebo Yebo is one of the standout tracks on the album, with its catchy chorus and upbeat tempo. The song has received positive reviews from gqom fans and critics alike, and has been streamed over 700 times on Shazam. The song is also available on YouTube and YouTube Music, where it has garnered thousands of views and likes.

    Iinkedama have proven themselves to be one of the rising stars of gqom music with their song Iyebo Yebo. The song is a must-listen for anyone who loves gqom or wants to discover a new genre of dance music.

    Gqom music is not only a dance phenomenon, but also a cultural and historical one. The genre emerged from Durban in the 2010s, where pioneers the Naked Boyz began to experiment with broken beats, moving away from the traditional four-on-the-floor house rhythm. This inspired people like Masive Q, of the Rudeboyz, to play around with harder, minimalist interpretations.

    Gqom music reflects the realities and struggles of life in the townships, where poverty, crime and violence are prevalent. The name gqom comes from an onomatopoeic Zulu word that means “a drum” or “a hit”, but also refers to the sound of a kick drum. The genre is often described as dark, raw and hypnotic, with influences from traditional Zulu music and chants.

    Gqom music has gained international recognition and popularity, thanks to artists like DJ Lag, who has collaborated with Beyoncé and Diplo, Babes Wodumo, who featured on the Black Panther soundtrack, and Sho Madjozi, who won a BET award for best international act in 2019. Gqom music has also inspired dancers around the world to create their own moves, such as the gwara gwara, which was performed by Rihanna at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

    Gqom music is a testament to the creativity and resilience of South Africa’s youth, who have created their own sound and identity out of limited resources and challenging circumstances. Gqom music is more than just a genre, it is a movement that speaks to an ancient history and a hopeful future.

    Hi, I’m Adam Smith

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