These Are Kings of “Amapiano”

If you’re unfamiliar with “amapiano” music genre then P Diddy is more South African than you. Amapiano were born in the soil of the streets of South Africa in 2012. The sound of amapiano is a mixture of Kwaito basslines, high-pitched piano melodies and low tempo of 90s Mzansi house rhythms. 

While amapiano is huge in South African, it’s also transcended borders. On TikTok, the #amapiano hashtag stands at more than 579 million views. According to Spotify the AmapianoGrooves playlist have increased 116% globally over the past year; the increase in the U.S is 75%.

Manbox team came up with a list of “Yanos” – a slang for the people who make amapiano and enjoy it. 

DJ Maphorisa 


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Maporisa has worked with and has received production credits from several notable artists, including  Wizkid, Drake, Black Coffee to metion a few. Phori is the godfather of amapiano. 


Kabza De Small

Kabza De small is the “master Yano” even P Diddy sent him a warm shout-out on Instagram. All the amapiano fans call him the prince of the genre. 


Cassper Nyovest 

Nyovest proves to be versatile when he jumped on the amapiano wave. He currently has the dopest amapiano hits at the moment. 


Major League Djz

The popular twins are leading the pack. Their YouTube views will show you how big amapiano genre is. The twins global following is rapidly growing.  


Watch “Labantwana Ama Uber “ by Semi Tee of Soweto, one the songs that made amapiano popular: 

What’s your favourite amapiano song?

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8 thoughts on “These Are Kings of “Amapiano”

  1. samukmasango says:

    I love to see it, been supporting these guys since they started and bringing something new to these streets takes determination and self-belief!