House Music, a name that was inspired by The Warehouse Club in Chicago where House Music under the watchful eye of the late great Frankie Knuckles who was the owner of The Warehouse.
Although House Music was born in the U.S.A., it was the likes of European producers Georgio Moroder, Klein & MBO, and Depeche Mode, amongst many others, who played a vital role in establishing the musical genre on a global scale.
In the present day, South Africa has proven to be the home of House Music with home grown House Music acts such as DJ Christos, Vinny Da Vinci, Tim White, Black Coffee, Glen Lewis and DJ Fresh standing frontline on the global stage in terms of keeping House Music relevant, not to mention a whole legion of well-established South African House Music DJs and producers who are standing firmly behind them to make South Africa the biggest market for House Music globally.
This party driven genre of music that draws inspiration from musical genres such as Jazz, Funk, and Soul Music made its way into South Africa through the country’s capital city, The City of Tshwane, in the early 1990s and since then this musical phenomenon has spread to the rest of the country to the point where it has become integrated into everyday life.
Internationally acclaimed House Music acts such as Ralf Gum, Monique Bingham, Louis Vega, Atjazz and many others visit South Africa frequently with the Germany-based Ralf Gum going as far as to apply for permanent residence on South Africa soil.
House Music is so deeply rooted in South African society that it has given inspiration to various home grown musical genres including Kwaito, Bacardi House Music and Durban house.