Gqom (Musical genre): The Rise of “Gqom”


Gqom (Musical genre)

Gqom (Igqomu) is a genre of South African electronic dance music that emerged in the 2010s. Gqom is believed to begin in Durban, South Africa. Cultural origins in the Early 2010s, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It Rose out of South African house music, techno and kwaito. Gqom Music beats come with a heavy bass beats without the four-on-the-floor rhythm pattern.


Gqom Music genre is believed to have originated in the Durban area, South Africa. Gqom music dance moves, including gwara gwara, vosho and bhenga. Gqom is expressed as qgom, igqom, gqomu. The word gqom derives out of an onomatopoeic combination of click consonants in the isiZulu and isiXhosa meaning a hitting drum. Many DJs embraced the new sound likes of South African rapper Okmalumkoolkat, Malumz Kole, DJ Tira, Babes Wodumo, Cherish LaLa Mankai, DJ Lag, Citizen Boy, and Distruction Boyz.

The music is an interesting one right now, with gqom hits – such as Target & Ndile’s “Umthwalo Wami” and “first lady of gqom” Babes Wodumo’s infectious summer anthem “Wololo”,  Gqom Music heating up the South African Music charts with thrilling DJs in the UK, Europe, and North America.

Gqom Music is also recognized by streaming services like DeezerSpotifyApple Music like the Amapiano Music genre dominated the South African dance Hall.


Gqom DJs, Sahubs Believes that The genre is now competing with the Amapiano Music as the Djs try so hard to meet up. Here are the most outstanding names in the Gqom music genre, South African rapper Okmalumkoolkat, Malumz Kole, DJ Tira, Babes Wodumo, Cherish LaLa Mankai, DJ Lag, Citizen Boy, and Distruction Boyz.

Gqom album

Gqom South African dance music scene. Here is a list of Albums,

  1. Gqom Is the Future
    Distruction Boyz, 2017
  2. The Sound of Durban Vol.1
  3. Gqom Oh! X Crudo Volta Mixtape
  4. From Avoca Hills to The World
  5. Gqom Oh! X Crudo Volta – Washa Mixtape
  6. Commando Mixtape
  7. SiyaThakatha
    Dominowe, 2017
  8. DJ / Gqom 6
    Griffit Vigo
  9. Isbethelo seGqom
    TLC Fam, 2017
  10. Umshunqo
    Dladla Mshunqisi, 2018
  11. Summer Life
    Busiswa, 2018
  12. Alala
    Citizen Boy, 2018
  13. Gqom Queen, Vol. 1
    Babes Wodumo, 2016
  14. Gqomtera EP
    Emo Kid, 2017
  15. Gqom Power
    DJ Sbucardo, 2018
  16. Pakisha
    Dladla Mshunqisi, 2018
  17. Madness
    Distruction Boyz, 2017
  18. The Rise Of Gqom
    AudioBoyz, 2020
  19. #GqomFridays Compilation, Vol. 3
  20. Hydro Gqom
    Dj Pelco, 2018
  21. It Was All A Dream
    Distruction Boyz, 2018
  22. Gqom Star
    King Lee, 2018
  23. Gqom Tech (Gqom Tech)
  24. Pretty Girls Love Amapiano
    Kabza De Small, 2019
  25. The Originators
  26. Project X
    Nakedboys, 2018
  27. Emzini
    Dj Twiist, 2018
  28. Muzonotshwala Reloaded
    Space Network, 2018
  29. DJ
    Griffit Vigo, 2018
  30. Durban Gqom
    Dj Ministo, 2018
  31. Wololo
    Babes Wodumo, 2016
  32. Boom-Base, Volume 4( Back to the Streets)
    Pro-Tee, 2020
  33. Zeno
    Muzi Mnisi, 2019
  34. Murder EP
  35. Mzimb Onemali
    Joocy, 2018
  36. Limpopo Champions League
    Sho Madjozi, 2018
  37. Blaqboy
    DJ Maphorisa, 2016
  38. The 2nd Commandment Chapter 11
    The Godfathers Of Deep House SA, 2019
  39. The 2nd Commandment Chapter 4
    The Godfathers Of Deep House SA, 2019
  40. Stampit EP
    DJ Lag, 2018
  41. The Black Panther’s House
    Pro-Tee & Biblos, 2019
  42. Pope of Dance
    Sparks Bantwana, 2019
  43. December
    Loktion Boyz, 2019
  44. December
    George Winston, 1982
  45. Political Gqom
    Tboy Daflame, 2018
  46. West Gqom Behavior
    Sakza, 2018
  47. Gqom Bible Testament Two EP
    DJ Msewa, 2018
  48. The Gqom EP Part 2
    Dlala Lazz, 2018
  49. Imfihlelo YeSghubu 2.0
    Ricky Randar, 2018
  50. Summer Bangers 2.0
    Dlala Lazz, 2018
  51. Gqom in Transit
    Julz da Deejay, 2018