South African pop has been long and deeply influenced by Europe and the US, yet it has a character distinct from anything else in Africa or the world. From 50s pennywhistle jive to 90s bubblegum to 21st-century kwaito (hip-hop), South African styles are unique, yet immediately accessible to global audiences.
Andy Kershaw has been a champion of South African music for years. You can hear Andy Kershaw on Sunday nights on Radio 3.
Listen to the whole programme (15'55) or click on any of the tracks to the left.