Can House Music Save Lives?

Article by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus

Thu March 13, 2014 | 00:00 AM

In Johannesburg, South Africa, house is more than the city's preferred musical genre, it's the pulsation of life that the community moves to. As the largest consumers of house music in the world, South Africans have found purpose and hope in the music, pouring their time and energy into DJing and producing instead of succumbing to a life of crime. Residents of Jo'burg eat, sleep and breathe house music. It permeates everyday life.

So if house is such a big deal there, why aren't South African DJs more of a fixture on the global house scene? As Resident Advisor says, "The city's preferred sound—vocal-led, percussive, melodic—is largely at odds with what's popular in other international markets; this coupled with cripplingly slow internet speeds goes some way to explaining SA's absence from the global house music conversation."

Time to open up the conversation to include South Africa.