African Music Encyclopedia

 

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka

 

Yvonne Chaka-Chaka first burst onto the South African music scene in 1984 with her massive hit, "I'm in Love WIth a DJ." Since that time disco (also called bubblegum) music has proliferated throughout South Africa. Bubblegum borrows from township jive with vocals arranged as overlapping call-and-response patterns, but diverges by often using multiple synthesizers to reproduce most sounds, along with the electronic drum box. Forget saxophones or drumming or even the syncopated guitar riffs popular in mbanqanga.

Chaka-Chaka's powerful alto voice along with her finely-crafted and arranged material accounts for her wide popularity.


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