Amapiano is taking over afrobeats. Does it mean Afrobeats is becoming boring? Definitely No. Artists are now hoping to ‘amapiano’ thanks to the ‘Jerusalema’ wave. Actually, some years in Africa only one song had more than 100 Million views on Youtube. ‘Runtown – Mad Over You’ released in December 2016. Then Davido came and changed the game with ‘Fall’ and ‘If’ both songs released in 2017. You see, West Africa changed the game and Afrobeats as Africa’s unique sound. Fast forward 2020 and 2021 we now vibing with South African music. That is ‘Amapiano’.
What is Amapiano?
According to Wikipedia definition;
Amapiano is a style of house music that emerged in South Africa in 2012. Amapiano is a hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge music characterized by synths, airy pads and wide and percussive basslinesSource: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amapiano)
We can say – Amapiano emerged in South Africa in 2012 and also it’s a combination of different sounds. Alright now we get it.
Amapiano has grown we thank Master KG and Nomcebo for their 2019 hit song ‘Jerusalema’ that took over in 2020 amid Corona pandemic. Not only did Jerusalema trend in Africa, but also all over the World. Tiktok also made a big mark for the song success. ‘Jerusalema challenge’ transitioned from Tiktok and other social media such as Instagram and Twitter to YouTube. This challenge united the Africa and the whole world. However, we can now say Jerusalema has uniquely promoted amapiano culture. In fact ‘Jerusalema’ is the biggest song in Africa with more than 400 Million Views on YouTube.
You can read lyrics on Afrika Lyrics
Since Amapiano is now the new wave artists are hoping to the wave as well. After all it’s selling. Artists such as Diamond Platnumz, Naira Marley have now officially started Amapiano movement.
The Future of Amapiano
Amapiano is here to stay. African artists are now supporting their own genre just like Afrobeats. It’s no surprise that amapiano becomes standard music in Africa. Let’s see what the future holds. However, South African artists have been doing this for a while. Now is time for other African artists to hop on the new wave.
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