Amapiano is the latest wave of music pumping in the streets of South Africa right now. Pioneered by several producers and DJs, the genre originated from Johannesburg townships Soweto, Alexandra, Vosloorus and Katlehong. Mark Khoza says in ‘SHAYA! Amapiano documentary’, “Amapiano, we understand it in different ways, someone came up with the concept to infuse deep-house with the piano so the deep house can push this piano sound”.
Throughout the documentary MFR Souls, the duo who gave the sound its name states that Amapiano is more than just a genre of music, it is a lifestyle. Originating from the townships, it lacked commercial backing. The power of social media enabled Amapiano to be spread across Africa and internationally. Da Kruk was one of the earliest DJs to give Amapiano airtime. On his show he dedicated an hour to the genre called ‘Amapiano hour’. Da Kruk stated: “Amapiano is one of the only genres where artists have got gigs independently where there is no business person trying to dictate where the artist should go. These guys have literally painted their own canvas”.
To learn more about Amapiano and its rise to prominence you can check out the full documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B9frOKUwz0