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Amapiano (Zulu for “the pianos”) 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 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.
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Although the genre gained popularity in Katlehong the township East of Johannesburg, there’s a lot of ambiguity concerning its origins, with various accounts of the musical styles in the Johannesburg townships – Soweto, Alexandra, Vosloorus and Katlehong. Because of the genre’s similarities with Bacardi, some people assert the genre began in Pretoria and has been an on going debate about the origin of Amapiano.
Various accounts as to who formed the popular genre make it impossible to accurately pinpoint its origins.
Artists and DJs
For a list of amapiano producers, vocalists and disc jockeys, see: Amapiano musicians
In 2020, the genre experienced increased popularity across the African continent with noted increases in digital streams and chart successes in countries far from its South African origin.
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