2020 saw the popularization of a South African music genre, Amapiano. 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 basslines. It is distinguished by high-pitched piano melodies, Kwaito basslines, low tempo 90s South African house rhythms, and percussions from another local subgenre of house known as Bacardi.
In a quote by Mark Khoza(South African Mc and Artist) for a Music Documentary “Shaya” (a documentary which aims to map out the birth of amapiano and its rapid popularity as a genre) he details how the genre originally started. “There is a guy who would play the keyboard along to a DJ’s set. Even in the studio, he’d play the piano over the recordings. Later, someone else would come with the idea of infusing that practice with deep house. Eventually, Kabza De Small also played the same music. The genre used to be called ‘number’. But MFR Souls came up with the name ‘amapiano’ and popularized it. They are the ones who started it,” Mark Khoza said.
In 2020 the Popularity hit our airwaves in Ghana with “Sponono” and Master KG’s “Jerusalema” being the favourite among the lot.
Even though some Ghanaian artists have attempted the genre, most artists are still very reluctant to try their hands on the genre. The few who have tried it have been successful with the genre.
An Artist like Blaq Pages with his ingenuity has been able to fuse “Amapiano and Afrobeats”. Ghanaian Artists are good when it comes to being innovators and we will like to see more artist jump on the current Amapiano trend and add their own style to it.
These five songs are a testimony to what Ghanaian artists can do when given the freedom to break barriers. Enjoy!
Blaq Pages- High Energy
Official Ginius – Happy To Be Outside Ep
Kobla Jnr- “Spoilt Child” Feat. Pappy Kojo
DJ Kwamzy – Amapiano To The World
P Montana – Fuego (Featuring Camidoh & Twitch 4EVA)
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