Because of the music, soccer fanatics to the 2014 World Cup knew they were in Brazil the minute they landed.
Tourists in Ghana or Trinidad start tapping their feet and moving their bodies as soon as they land in those countries because of local music, not in South Africa.
It is not in the Constitution, acts of parliament, municipal by-laws and court rulings, but South African music is not played in public places.
You won’t hear it in airports, malls, shops, casinos or restaurants, except for Lekgota the eatery in Sandton, which specialized in African beats from South Africa to Senegal.
You want local music, take taxis (mini-busses). That is where you are most likely to hear kwaito singers like Kabelo, Mandoza or Skwata Camp and gospel music from artists such as Solly Moholo, Nezi and Benjamin Dube.
I had the honour of being in a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg to Durban some years ago where we stuffed our luggage in the overhead compartment to the soulful sounds of Sibongile Khumalo, a granary of South African music.
Therefore, she will be a good introduction to the various dishes on the musical menu because she sings everything extremely well.
She is razor sharp and naughty when she sings traditional Zulu songs that were originally performed by the late Princess Magogo of the Zulu royal family.
Ngibambeni Ngibambeni is my favourite track in her album Immortal Secrets. She pulls her voice in pain when she sings about HIV/AIDS and the destruction it leaves behind.
She soars when she’s in the mood for opera. Buying all her CD’s would be a lucrative investment.
So much music so little time!