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Eight Amapiano Songs You Should Listen To

The South African genre has made its way from the streets of Pretoria and taken the world by storm. We highlight eight must-listen songs to kick-start your amapiano journey.

As the world struggled to come to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, another viral element was slowly taking over: Amapiano. Fortunately for us, the only thing deadly about this music genre is the dance moves. As expected in the golden age of music streaming and exchange, amapiano quickly crossed boundaries and borders, spreading from South Africa where it blew up to other parts of the African continent; Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, etc.

As expected, musicians and producers from these countries have put their own spin on the sound, creating variants tailored to their local fanbases. But, if e no be panadol, e no fit be panadol; in the same vein, it is really impossible to get into the genre by listening to the watered-down, modified versions. Luckily for you, we are here to help. Here are seven songs to start your amapiano journey.

1. “Everything I Wanted (Remix)” - DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small

This smooth, bouncy track is an amapiano remix of Billie Eilish’s song of the same title. Kabza De Small is the self-proclaimed King of amapiano, and on this track, he shows mastery of the genre with this smooth cover. The song is a bonus track on the collaborative Scorpion Kings album by Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa.

2. “Vrr Phaa” - Focalistic, Vigro Deep

“Vrr Phaa” is a term used to describe the sound a speedy sports car makes when it takes off, the same way Focalistic’s career took off in 2020. Assisted by Vigro Deep’s intricate production, Focalistic’s lyrics are sparse as he opts to let the instruments do the heavy lifting on the track. We definitely do not mind, though, as the groove is excellent and gets you moving.

3. “Right Here” - Mapara A Jazz, Master KG, Soweto Gospel Choir

Take a minute to imagine amapiano in church. On a triumphant record off one of the best amapiano albums in 2020, Mapara A Jazz enlists the help of superstars Master KG and the evergreen Soweto Gospel Choir. A soft, bouncy love song with smooth hums and adlibs, “Right Here” is an excellent introduction to the amapiano genre.