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How Amapiano is gradually taking over Afrobeat in Nigeria »» Fakaza


Amapiano is undoubtedly the biggest music genre in South Africa since 2018. The drum sound that Gqom has pushed to the side has since become a chaos in Africa.


It is worth noting that no genre is superior to the other, but the amount of success achieved with a genre can drop it to its peak and be more celebrated by listeners.

Afrobeat has been making big hits for over a decade and it is highly regarded internationally as we have seen some of these big international stars collaborate with African artists across the genre.

Amapiano genre has been around in South Africa for years, thanks to Papers 707, MFR Souls and DJ Stokie who first started producing it.

The pioneering style of afrobeat is identified with the Nigerian artist Fela Kuti, who was known for his eccentric character, musical talent and involvement in post-colonial African politics.

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In Nigeria, Afrobeat was the basis for all the songs, and most of the hits that came out of Naija were basically poignant, thanks to Wizkid and Davido, who also made their effort to make the genre worldwide.

During the year 2020, which ironically is a fantastic year for the music industry in general, there has been a huge shift from Afrobeat to Amapiano, especially in Nigeria.

Nigerians who have branded Afrobeat for years have changed to owning the South African sound.

Amapinao hits like, Ke Star, Sponono, John Vuli Gate, Bella Ciao cover, Ke Single and many other songs did well in the Nigerian market; clubs, parties and shows.

From playing these songs to producing some SA music producers, such as Major League DJz, to mixing Nigerian songs to an Amapiano sound.


How does Amapiano take over Afrobeat?

Nigerian music artists like to always follow the crowd, especially if an influential artist is in the crowd. For those who are topical and observant with weekly released songs, there was a specific week in early December 2020, in which more than 70% of the songs released by Nigerian artists were Amapiano.

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Afrobeat, which had all the glamor and was in the spotlight, gradually ceased to exist in the hearts of its producers, and some of these well-known Nigerian producers made sure to have at least one amapiano song in their catalog.

Davido, who is one of the greatest artists in Nigeria, has released his 5th studio album, A good time in November and it has a minimum of 3 Amapiano songs that have made big clubs and parties.

Olamide, who is also an influential rapper, has a song about the genre.

Check out some songs produced by Amapiano below:

Watch the best Amapiano songs on most streaming platforms, you will be shocked to see Nigerians ahead.

Denge Pose – Dandizzy with Bad Boy Timz
Ugly parade – Technology
Kilofeshe – Zinoleesky
E Be cans – Dremo with Mayorkun
Waste – False with Niniola
The best – Davido with Mayorkun
Require – DJ Tunez and Olamide
La La – Davido with CKay
Motorway – DJ Kaywise and Phyno

The interesting part of this event in the Nigerian music industry is that producers own the sound that comes from South Africa, and if things are not done explicitly, Nigerians could be responsible for making Amapiano break into the international music market.

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With the way these artists are going crazy with the genre, Afrobeat may have to take a breather, while Amapiano is crowned as the greatest sound that has come out of Africa.

Another way to go about it is to leave Afrobeat at its peak, while Amapiano gets the hype he deserves by mixing it with other Nigerian sounds. This particular idea is not new as some Naija music stars have already tried it and it came out nice.

A good example is Rema’s song titled, Woman.

Watch the song below:

Focalistic recently performed in Nigeria. His song Ke Star has been one of Nigeria’s club entrees for months.

A look at some of the greatest songs in Nigeria today shows that Amapiano is undoubtedly the sound of the moment in the most populous country in Africa. The biggest stars of Afrobeats, Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido, have already given the sound a co-sign, what remains is that the international market should report to Amapiano and the genre could have the same lifespan as Afro House.

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