Music is a continuous evolution, and Afrohouse music is no different. Boddhi Satva’s MQT48 (Monday Quality Talks) episode is an insightful break down and history lesson on Afrohouse music that reinforces this belief. Afrohouse music didn’t simply just appear out of thin air, rather it is a continuum of sounds that came before it.
Boddhi categorized the sounds into 8 phases occurring across some 35-40 years. That’s right, 40 years! He included the various house music sounds that came before the Afro house sub genre in this calculation. Afterall, Afrohouse is a derivative of house music. Many dancers have become familiar with Afrohouse music through Afrohouse dance. Often there is a misunderstanding of the breath of Afrohouse music. Dancers sometimes incorrectly interpret Afrohouse music as a singular style (e.g the beats of Datorado Pro), but as Boddhi outlined in his podcast, the sound is much broader, and draws influences from many African countries including South Africa and Angola.
The emergence of Afrohouse dance is directly related to Angola’s contribution to Afrohouse music. Music inspires dance, and Afrohouse dance, like the music, is a continuum of what came before it, fused with the present influences shaping the music and dance.
As Boddhi outlined, the sound is changing fast and new sub-genres are popping up constantly. This we know will most likely impact the dance, leading to further evolutions.
To learn more about Afrohouse music history, we highly recommend Boddhi's MQT48 podcast. We have included it here for you: