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Are You in Tune? Amapiano's Global Rise

Ever caught yourself dancing to a beat that feels like a magical blend of deep house and jazz, sprinkled with lounge vibes and soulful vocals? Well, welcome to the world of Amapiano, South Africa's latest musical export that's spreading like a wildfire!


Amapiano was born in the vibrant townships of Gauteng, taking inspiration from the proudly South African beats of Kwaito and house music. The South African youth who grew up on the sounds of Kwaito have led the creation of Amapiano, a music genre that is widely recognised by its distinctive use of the log drum which serves as the sound for the baseline. Amapiano is like the musical lovechild of South Africa's rich history and a new generation's optimism. Amapiano is all about embracing the unapologetic spirit of being proudly South African.


Now, Amapiano isn't just music; it's a whole culture! From fashion to speech to dance moves, it's become a phenomenon. And guess what? It's not just a local affair anymore; it's taking the world by storm, becoming a global sound that connects people to South Africa's heartbeat. Amapiano didn't just survive the pandemic; it thrived! Originating from home studios, the genre found its way to our screens through viral dance challenges during lockdown. I remember the anticipation when Ulazi was about to be released. We caught a short snippet of it from Jazziq, and the Twitter streets went absolutely crazy over the song. And who could forget the time when Zuma and Reese Madlisa had the entire country learning how to Zekethe during the pandemic? Good times, right?


Amapiano has changed global music by bringing together artists from different backgrounds and even different parts of the world. It's not just popular; it's inspired new music styles, like mixing Amapiano with Afrobeat in places like Nigeria and Ghana. Even big international artists are adding Amapiano elements to their music, making it sound fresh and modern. Overall, Amapiano is shaking up the music scene worldwide, challenging what people think is popular and making room for cool and new sounds.


If you're itching to experience Amapiano in its truest form, pack your bags for Johannesburg. Head south to Soweto, where Kwaito was born, and let the rhythm of Amapiano surround you. You might even catch a live performance by legends like Kabza De Small, Njelic, DJ Maphorisa, or Kamo Mphela at hotspots like Konka, Zone 6, or Disoufeng.


But wait, there's more! Pretoria, the birthplace of Amapiano, is a haven for music lovers. Dive into the sounds of Pabi Cooper, Focalistic, Chicco, and others at Ayepyep or ZanZou. Don't miss out on epic festivals like Straata Nation Address or the Mamelodi Outdoor Music Festival at Moretele Park.

And let's not forget the fierce women of Amapiano – Uncle Waffles, Pabi Cooper, TXC, and Kamo Mphela are not just influencing; they're defining the genre with their moves and energy. Amapiano's future is promising as young artists continue to create their unique stamp on the genre and bring it to the world. 


So, whether you're in South Africa or halfway across the globe, let the infectious sounds of Amapiano transport you to a place where history, culture, and beats collide in the most sensational way possible!

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