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Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Afro House

The sound of the island.

Ibiza is known for its dance music the world over, but that is an umbrella term for various different styles. Our series on the genres of music found on the island helps identify the parties, clubs and DJs best suited to your tastes.

Next, we're embracing the warm front rising from the southern hemisphere. It's House, but perhaps not as you know it. The stage is set for the ascension of Afro House.

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Afro House parties to attend in 2023:

Black Coffee at Hï Ibiza | Saturdays

Afro House

Closely aligned to Deep HouseAfro House is House music that features native instrumentation and musical elements from African culture. Emerging in South Africa and Angola in the late '90s, its fair to say that Afro House was made to work hard for its respect.

Only now, some 25 to 30 years later, it is finally getting its dues.

Today, party scenes can be found all over the continent, including Zanzibar (Tanzania), Botswana, Namibia and Cape Verde. But just like its curious nomadic ancestors, Afro House has broken out of Africa into new territories.

Global dominance is well underway as its popularity soars.

The most obvious example of this style of music on Ibiza, is Hï Ibiza's Saturday night host Black Coffee. His residency, underdog backstory and heightened profile have helped take Afro House to the global stage. Now he is producing tracks for music royalty, such as Drake.

Other leading DJs include THEMBA, Shimza and Osunlade. They all play Ibiza.

Typical bpm range: 110 - 126

Read our 2022 interview with two of the biggest protagonists in Afro House, Sef Kombo and Kitty Amor.

Meet the rest of the family tree...

Tribal House

Before there was Afro House, there was Tribal House.

Unlike other sub-genres of House, synthesised melodies are less common, with erratic or intricate drum patterns used as the hook. These are, in part, inspired by tribal ceremonies indigenous to Africa and South America. Ethnic chanting is also often used, although its authenticity sometimes comes under scrutiny with accusations of cultural appropriation.

Labels such as Strictly Rhythm and Get Physical are seen as instrumental in popularising Tribal House.


Amapiano is an emerging variation of Afro House that you can expect to be hearing more of in the next few years.

Born in the townships of South Africa, "amapiano" literally translates from Zulu as "the pianos". Lyrics are often bittersweet, verbalising the trials and tribulations of their daily lives, as shaped by low economic and social status.

The productions have a really raw, DIY aesthetic.

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This article is part of our Ibiza Virgins' Guides, packed full of information on how to get the most out of your stay on Ibiza. Check them out.

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