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09/15/2011

South African indie makes waves

Xander_1Gazelle's Xander Ferreira performs the band’s single "Chic Afrique" at Bushfire, Swaziland's annual international festival of arts. Photo by Sarah Berman.

South African indie music has rarely crossed the ocean to North America's mass markets, but the genre is developing, and the sound is big, bright and bold. 

Gazelle frontman Xander Ferreira says South African indie music is in a renaissance period: "We believe this is the future for African music, for people to gather a scene here first and then go and take over the world."

At the Bushfire festival held in Ezulwini, Swaziland, Journalists for Human Rights reporters Sarah Feldbloom and Sarah Berman explored this movement of new music. In this podcast produced by Sarah Feldbloom, you can hear what bands Gazelle, Hot Water and Tshe Tsha Boys have to say about what makes South African indie so hot right now.

Listen to the podcast: South African indie 

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