Noise Khanyile

Noise Khanyile
Stylistic origins World music
Traditional music
roots music
Pop rock
Indie rock
Cultural origins Mid 1980s, United States, United Kingdom
Typical instruments Widely variable, though drums or percussion are constant
Mainstream popularity Occasional, though not generally sustained
Fusion genres
Afro-Cuban jazz - Afro-juju - Bhangragga - Biguine moderne - Burger highlife - Calypso-style baila - Campursari - Canto livre - Canto nuevo - Chicha - Chutney-bhangra - Chutney-hip hop - Fuji - Hip life - Lambada - Latin jazz - Merenrap - Mor lam sing - Nueva cancion - Punta rock - Rai pop - Rapso - Reggae highlife - Salsa - Sevillana - Slack-key - Songo - Zam-rock - Zouk - Bouyon
Other topics
World music - folk music

Noise Khanyile & the Jo'burg City Stars was a Johannesburg, South Africa based ensemble produced by Lloyd Ross and released by Shifty Records. Noise has been critically acclaimed by scholars such as East African Standard musicologist John Storm Roberts.[1] They exhibit a sophisticated multiply layered tapestry of Zulu inspired sound on his 1989 release Art of Noise.[2] For instance, in the web-published track "Groovin' Jive No. 1"[3] combining hand clap, drums, creative percussion with horn, harmonized vocals, special effects and fiddle in a distinctively contemporary sound. Baba Wami (Tribute Song)[4] draws more explicitly upon tradition[5] The performances have been critically distinguished between traditional (Zulu) music and a style referred to a "township jive" or simply as "jive".[6] His music, although rooted in folk tradition, is nevertheless described by some critics as "violin" rather than "fiddle".[6] This music is often played in shebeens, an alternative to the pubs which had been closed to blacks under apartheid but which some assert are experiencing a renaissance as a form of cultural resurgence.[7] album now available as a download at:


  • Allingham, Rob. "Nation of Voice". 2000. In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.), World Music, Vol. 1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East, pp 638–657. Rough Guides Ltd, Penguin Books. ISBN 1-85828-636-0

See also

African fiddle World beat


  1. ^ "... a man who played with most of the big names of the time. This has to rank as one of the best reissues of down-home '70s sounds so far"|,,139624,00.html%7C John Storm Roberts|All Music Guide
  2. ^ Audio CD (December 27, 2004)|Original Release Date: 1989 on Shifty Records|Number of Discs: 1|Format: Original recording reissued, Import|Label: Globe Style UK|ASIN: B000008IZY
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  7. ^ Stanley-Niaah, Sonjah. "Mapping of Black Atlantic Performance Geographies: From Slave Ship to Ghetto." In Black Geographies and the Politics of Place, ed. by Katherine McKittrick and Clyde Woods, pp. 193–217. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2007.
Stylistic origins Marabi
Cultural origins Early 1960s
Mainstream popularity Mainly in South Africa

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