Amapiano has maintained its supremacy over few months with De Mthuda, Kwiish SA, Mr JazziQ, DBN Gogo, Focalistic,
There’s no escape from the genre, whether it’s through streaming services, social media, radio, television, or other mediums buzzing with De Mthuda, Kwiish SA, Mr JazziQ, DBN Gogo, Focalistic,
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite amapiano songs from 2021 thus far, in no particular order.
Mr JazziQ x Kabza De Small x Lady Du “Woza” (featuring Boohle)
Mr JazziQ, who Spotify SA recently announced as the most streamed South African artist by Gen Z audiences, had a crazy 2020 and is continuing his run.
For his first release of 2021, he enlisted “Piano King” Kabza De Small, Lady Du, and Boohle for the inviting “Woza”
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Semi Tee & Mdu aka TRP “Isingisi” (featuring Sir Trill)
Semi Tee, of “Labantwana Ama’Uber” fame, teamed up with burgeoning producer Mdu aka TRP for a collaborative project titled Tales of The 2 Peers.
DBN Gogo x Blaqnick x MasterBlaq “Khuza Gogo” (featuring Mpura, Ama Avenger, and M.J)
Off the strength and success of their previous singles “French Kiss” and “Whistling Man”,
DBN Gogo and production duo Blaqnick & MasterBlaq teamed up for “Khuza Gogo”. If anything, this song speaks to the genre’s collaborative nature.
Kwiish SA “LiyoShona” (featuring Malumnator, Njelic & De Mthuda)
Kwiish SA‘s breakout song “Iskhathi (Gong Gong)” was pivotal in the broader mainstream acceptance of amapiano in early 2019, so much that some people casually referred to the sound as “gong gong”.
Busta 929 “Ekseni” (featuring Boohle and Zuma)
Busta 929 released “Ekseni” as a follow-up to the platinum-selling smash hit “Umsebenzi Wethu”.
Enlisting the talents of vocalists Boohle and Zuma, “Ekseni” sees Busta step out as a lead solo act, after releasing a collaborative EP and co-producing a lot of hit songs with Mr JazziQ last year.
Junior De Rocka & Lady Du “Catalia” (featuring Mr JazziQ, Mellow & Sleazy)
Vocalist Lady Du has been riding on a high horse since getting recognition after her contribution to Mr JazziQ‘s “Superstar”, last August.
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Since then she has been a regular feature on some of the biggest amapiano hits. She closed off 2020 with the DBN Gogo-assisted “Dakiwe” and opened this year with “Catalia”.
Killer Kau & Mr JazziQ “Amaneighbour” (featuring Reece Madlisa, Zuma and ThackzinDJ)
Killer Kau has come a long way from being a viral sensation to becoming a certified hitmaker.
The “Kataliya” artist kicked off the year with a new single titled “Amaneighbour”.
The song is a street anthem and gets amapiano lovers dancing at the groove.
De Mthuda “Abekho Ready” (Maplankeng Reshuffle) (featuring Sir Trill & Da Muziqal Chef)
De Mthuda and Ntokzin initially released “Maplankeng” as a single in October and included it in their joint album Ace Of Spades released in December.
In January this year, the prolific producer decided to reshuffle his spades and brought in Sir Trill to add vocals on the beat. Sir Trill, as he continues to show, understood the assignment and delivered.
Focalistic x Mr JazziQ “GUPTA” (featuring Lady Du & Mellow and Sleazy)
Amapiano heavy hitters Focalistic and Mr JazziQ put out their much-teased collaborative single “GUPTA”, which features vocalist Lady Du and production duo Mellow and Sleazy.
This aspirational song came after the release of Mr JazziQ‘s album Party With The English and the success of Focalistic’s “Ke Sta r Remix”.
The two reportedly have an upcoming EP together and Focalistic has also revealed that he has another EP with Nigerian superstar Davido, as well as unreleased music with Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Ghana’s Stonebwoy.