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Amanpino, The New Rave of Sound.

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ORIGIN

Amapiano was coined from Zulu’s plural article Ama and Piano. It is a type of electronic dance music genre that started in South Africa in 2016. 

It has a unique component of music instruments like Kwaito baselines, jazz, high pitched piano melodies 90s south African House, and Barcadi.

Amapiano also is known as Piano to the Hip, gained popularity in the country’s township known as Gauteng. However, there are controversies surrounding its origin with many accounts claiming that it started in Johannesburg, Soweto, katlehong, Alexandra, Vosloorus where it is mostly very popular.

The ongoing debate has claimed that the genre started in Pretoria DJ Mjava,  due to its similarity with Barcadi.

The complexity of the historical background of the music genre makes it difficult to accurately pinpoint the real origin of the music. The music can be once in a while soulful, sometimes carnal, regularly epicurean.

SUCCESS

The success of Amapiano can never be exhausted, it initially started in townships especially in the popular pubs and Taverns in Gauteng. It was mostly shared around on social media especially Whatsapp, Instagram and Facebook by the fans.

Not until recently, it became a mainstream genre that has been recognized in the whole of South Africa and beyond.

POPULARITY

It is also available in several platforms like Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music where they can all be accessed

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It also gained more traction as a result of DJ’s mixes who would recreate hit songs and infused the Jazzy Low tempo spice into the song and covert it to Amapiano sound.

Some of the DJs who were known for this are  DJ Ganyani, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, Sun-El Musician. 

THE RAVE OF THE MOMENT

Amapiano has become the rave of the moment, which has become very popular in many African countries and beyond.

Piano to the  hip is a melodious tune which has been fused with gong gong sound that has been mixed up  Gqom by some DJs

CRITICISM

Amapiano has received its shares of criticism and hate. Early last year 2019, a german-born American based Disc Jockey  DJ Lars Behrenroth lambasted the genre and its artists on twitter.

“Finally checked it out for the first time and all I can say is Amapiano & Godf#$! of Deep House = same WhatsApp group… what a snoozefest..eeeekkk”.  

 —Lars Behrenroth

The tweet drew a lot of backlashes from fans and many south African music artists who didn’t take it lightly.

Some of them  include, 

Black Coffee, he replied ‘’True…but 1st understand the culture of the Country and what music does to change the lives of its people no matter what genre…u can’t just tweet people’s careers away in a glass house in California that the same people help you to build. Exploit us but please Respect us too.’’

Zakes Bantwini, replied to him saying “I am a fan of Kwaito, Gqom, and Amapiano. I am not ashamed. I’m a House head but these genres are purely South African and need to be supported by every South African,”— Zakes Bantwini

Prince Kaybee vented on the issue as he blasted  Lars’s tweet and told him.

‘’South Africans shouldn’t let caucasian house music DJs talk bad about a proudly black pioneered sound like Amapiano. Protect what’s yours, with this mentality we are far from exporting music! These are black children trying to eat, bro. Let them shine! If you don’t like it shut up and move on, don’t say anything negative to try and slow down the growth of a proudly South African genre.”  — Prince Kaybee, 

THREAT TO OTHER GENRES

The genre has become a threat to many artists who are being phased away at their comfort zones by the popularity of Amapiano in the street. In an interview with    Mafikizolo were asked if they were threatened by the trendy Amapiano sound, which they responded affirmatively 

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Riky Rick reveals the price of his favourite fur coats.

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The rapper Star Riky Rick Finally opens up about the price he got fur coats, which is 250,000; but he promises not to spend such amount of money on fur coats again.

He shared a snippet of the show on Instagram, and he was seen disclosing the price of the fur coat.

The rap star says whenever people see the coat, the most asked question is how much he got it?

However, it’s not Riky’s personality to reveal the prices of his outfit or belonging, though he is a fashionista who loves to drip.

Riky Rick got jaws dropping after revealing the price he got one of his favourite fur coats.

The rapper starts a new show titled Flavours and the first episode is to be premiered on YouTube.

He shared a snippet of the show on Instagram, and he was seen disclosing the price of the fur coat.

The rap star says whenever people see the coat, the most asked question is how much he got it?

Finally he opens up about the price, which is 250,000; but he promises not to spend such amount of money on fur coats again.

However, it’s not Riky’s personality to reveal the prices of his outfit or belonging, though he is a fashionista who loves to drip.

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AKA on assaulting late Anele: I am not a preparator of GBV

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AKA finally speaks out through his legal team on accusation of assaulting his late fiancée, Anele Nelli Tembe.

The rapper plainly said the photos and videos that went viral on social media didn’t detail the full event.

Supa Mega distanced himself from Gender Based Violence and in an official statement shared by TshishaLive, he promises to answer every query.

Rudolph Baloyi, senior associate at Mabuza Attorneys said:

“Mr Forbes takes the current events playing out since this past Sunday seriously. It is regrettable that he and his brand are now associated with GBV. However, he assures his fans and the public that he is not a perpetrator of GBV. In due time he will respond fully to all questions and queries. Currently, the situation is heavy on him and his family as a whole.”

“It is also difficult to deal with public outcry and condemnation on social media. The screenshots from an unreleased video seen over the past weekend online are not a true reflection of the alleged situations that arose on the day.”

AKA still loves his late fiancée according to a statement published last Saturday; he said he’s not a suspect, rather a witness.

Meanwhile, a GBV organization have called out people and streaming platforms to mute the rapper’s song in other to get justice for Anele Tembe.

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Widow of South African rugby star Lindani Myeni wants SA citizenship

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Myeni is seeking South African citizenship in the hopes that her children, Nsizwa and Lindeni, can grow up in their father’s home country and learn more about their roots.

Last week, Lindsay said a final goodbye to her late husband, Lindani who was shot dead by Hawaii police last month during an altercation.

Myeni died in hospital after being shot four times by Honolulu police during an altercation that led to his fatal shooting.

Police were responding to an alleged burglary when Myeni who was born and raised in eSikhaleni was shot four times.

Lindsay has expressed gratitude to the South African government for its support, and for providing justice for her husband.

She is now asking them for assistance in giving herself and Lindeni citizenship, as Nsizwa already has citizenship having been born in the country.

“Myself and Lindeni are here on a holiday visa on an American passport, hoping for the South African government to assist us with citizenship,” said Lindsay.

“Since we came back after this horrific incident, we have been staying with Lindani’s family in eSikhaleni. It has been great having their support during this emotional time in our lives. I would like to remain in South Africa to ensure my children live in their home country, learning their roots and speaking Zulu fluently.”

She said the South African government is continuing to look into Lindani’s case.

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