Amapiano 2023: Top South African Music Genre

Amapiano 2023: Top South African Music Genre

Amapiano 2023: Top South African Music Genre


South Africa is known for their fantastic music. The music of South Africa is wide with a variety of various genres such as Marabi, Kwaito, House music, Isicathamiya, Gqom, and Amapiano, etc. South African music has played an important role in the world of music and has had a huge impact on Africa. There are a series of questions asked about South African Music. Like “Are there the owner of the Amapiano genre? Check it out here in the article.

Origin Of The Amapiano Music Genre

Amapiano is a style of music that originated in South Africa in 2012. This style of music involves the use of piano, drums, etc. the genre gained its popularity in Katlchong, Johannesburg, but some people have been debating that it began in Pretoria, Johannesburg based on the fact that the genre is similar to Bacardi. It has been impossible to trace who formed the genre as well as making it difficult to pinpoint its main origins.

Amapiano elements

One of the important elements or instruments of this genre is the use of the “Long Drum” which is a wide percussive bassline and its creation has been attributed to MDU a.k.a. TRP. He is known as someone that likes to experiment with new things and as a result, found the Long drums and introduce them to his music.

Other African Countries

Amapiano has had a massive increase in popularity across African countries and massive streams and downloads. Amapiano has been one of the most used genres since its existence in 2012. It has been adopted by a lot of great artists around the world not just in South Africa. It has been used in songs that have led to a lot of social media (Tik-Tok, Instagram, etc) for dance challenges and skits.

Top Artists And Djs In The Amapiano Genre

There has been a lot of great artists in South Africa and around the world that used this genre in their music. Presently the world of music is changing drastically with a lot of artists using this genre and it is loved and enjoyed by the audience. Some of the artists are

  • Kabza de small & DJ Maphorisa

These two are known as one of “the hardest working duos” in South Africa. They have been at the forefront of the Amapiano genre in South Africa based on their qualities of music. They have exposed South Africans to enjoy this genre. Kabza de small music has been purely Amapiano.

  • Focalistic

Focalistic is one of the South African young stars that is popular and has been buzzing the South African airwaves. South African music is Amapiano music like his popular album “Blecke, Quarantined Tarantino and Sghubup“.

  • Busta 929

MfanaThupa popularly known as Busta 929 and is a South African. He is one of the top South African DJs and producers that have captured the attention of South Africans with amazing hit Amapiano songs. He is known as one of the South African Artists that use the genre in South Africa like his Album “Umsebenzi”.

  • Major League DJz

The major league DJz has been known as one of the most entertaining hit DJs in South Africa based on his talented Amapiano Live Balcony mix series. This has grabbed the attention of the audience with this genre.

The Nigerian artists were not left out in using this genre in their music. The Nigerian Artists fused the Amapiano genre with Afro-pop. The Amapiano genre was introduced to the Nigerian audience in 2020 and ever since then, the genre has been used by Nigerian Artists. Here is some Nigerian artist that used this genre.


NinIola is a Nigerian female Artist who has been in love with the genre, and her fans fell in love more with her music such as “Too sweet (O dun), I did it (ft Lady Du), Sequanda (ftfalz)” are all Amapiano genre and her tracks has been a hit song.

  • Asake

Asake Is one of the Nigerian fast-rising Artists in Nigeria and has been on the top chart on Spotify. The artist has been greatly in love with the Amapiano sound.  His tracks such as “Peace Be Unto You, Organise, Sunba and Mr. Money“.

  • Burna Boy

Burna boy is also known to be one of the most popular artists in Nigeria and as well one of the first Nigerian Artists that introduced the Amanpaino sound in Nigeria.  He was featured with Wizkid in the track “Sponono” by Kabza de Small which he later used on his track titled “YabaBuluku“.

  • Davido

Davido is one of the top popularly known artists in Nigeria and as well one of Nigeria’s finest artists. He is currently one of the best Amapianohit makers in Nigeria. His track such as “Champion Sound” and as well as his album “A Better Time” have been purely Amapiano.

  • Mayokun

Mayokun is one of Nigeria’s finest artists and also believe to be one of the first artists that introduced Amanpaino Sound to Nigerians with his track “Of Lagos” in 2020.

  • Rema

The young star dropped a hit track titled “Woman” which was purely amapiano and has been a hit track.

Other Nigerian Artists, such as Olamide (Loading), Falz (Squander), Tiwa Savage, Peruzzi (Southy Love), Zinoleesky (, Joeboy (Consent), and Patoranking (Nobody), etc also used this fantastic genre in their tracks.


The Amapiano genre was been introduced in South Africa and has been one of the South African best genres. It has become one of the trending genres in South Arica, Nigeria, and across the world. This genre is popular among young people on social media platforms like “Tik-Tok and Instagram etc.” which is been used for dance challenges and skits being made. Check out other exciting Amanpiano pieces of music and appreciate them.

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