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Bubblegum (South Africa)locked

  • Lara Allen


South African popular music style. The worldwide popularity of disco during the 1980s spawned a South African township variant commonly called ‘bubblegum’, although its exponents prefer the official classification ‘township pop’. Catering for the tastes of the black urban youth, bubblegum retains some indigenous characteristics such as call-and-response in the vocal parts, but is dominated by synthesizers and a disco beat, commonly supplied by a drum box. Lyrics are often in English, although vernacular languages and the latest phrases in township lingua franca are also used....

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