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South Africa: the new home of house music

Published 5:26 AM ET, Mon December 21, 2015
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Having originated in Chicago in "The Warehouse" nightclub, house music has spread throughout the world. But whilst the genre may be synonymous with Ibiza and Miami, today South Africa is the biggest market per capita anywhere in the world. Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Leading the way is DJ Black Coffee, a colossal figure in the South African house scene. He's topping the charts and filling dancefloors, and often works with many of his musical forebears, such as Hugh Masekela.
Euphonik is not shy to acknowledge his musical forebears either. The hit DJ has remixed Black Mambazo in the past, bringing their unique sound to a whole new generation.
A titan of the South African jazz scene, Hugh Masekela has been performing since the 50s. His music is far reaching, his fans worldwide, and he's sold millions of records. Putting younger artists to shame, he's still active and performed at the Grammys in 2013. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Ladysmith Black Mambazo also crossed borders, thanks in part to their collaboration with Paul Simon on legendary album "Graceland." Their choral performances have taken them all around the world, but one of their most high profile in recent years was in South Africa, singing at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup. Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The late great Brenda Fassie's legacy in both Afropop and Kwaito is profound. "The Madonna of the Townships" courted controversy and was known for her flamboyant performances. Her death left a large hole in the industry, but a new generation of artists are now carrying the flame. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Afropop gorup Freshlyground has roots in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and the border-hopping band rose to global prominence with the help of Colombian songstress Shakira with 2010 World Cup anthem "Waka Waka." Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Today DJ Cleo is leading the way in Kwaito, following in the footsteps of Fassie and the likes of TMZee. Getty Images/Getty Images Europe