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Gqom /ᶢǃʱòm/ (Igqomu)[pronunciation?]Gqom is a style of kwaito music that emerged a decade into the 21st century from the city of Durban in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.[1] The style features wavy and bass beats produced with software such as FL Studio, and has gained prominence in London.[2][3] The word gqom [4]. sometimes expressed as qgom, igqom, gqomu or variants thereof, derives from an onomatopoeic combination of click consonants from the Zulu & the Xhosa language that represents a hitting drum. Music connoisseurs who were actively and rigorously involved in influencing the masses to accept and embrace the new, shift-shaping sound included the likes of South African rapper, Okmalumkoolkat, Italian record label Gqom Oh owner, Malumz Kole[5], Afrotainment record label owner, DJ Tira as well as music taste-maker and personal public relations liaison, Cherish LaLa Mankai[5][6]. Related artists are DJ Lag, DJ Bongz, Lord The Dj,MasterT, Dj Noffoh, Dj Nkaa, Rudeboyz, Distruction Boyz & AudioBoyz[7].


  1. ^ "Gqom, the foot-stomping new sound of South Africa's townships".
  2. ^ "What the foq is gqom?".
  3. ^ "Gqom—The Sound from the Townships of South Africa".
  4. ^ "History Of Gqom". CoreHiphop: Gqom Music News, New Afro-House Music. 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ a b Weichenrieder, Philipp (19 April 2016). "Gqom-Musik aus Südafrika: Townships calling" – via
  6. ^ "Gqom: The rise of a subculture".
  7. ^ "Gqom: A deeper look at South Africa's new generation of house". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2018-10-27.