Amapiano seems to be the real deal in the music industry and as of 2020, it is getting more mainstream in and out of Africa. The sound which originated from South Africa is a unique hybrid of deep house, jazz, and lounge music characterized by airy pads, synths, and wide basslines.
The word “Amapiano” translated to English is “pianos.” It merges an isiZulu plural article (ama) with an English noun (piano). Artistes are getting creative with this sound as there are hundreds of amapiano songs released on a daily basis but some of them stood out.
This article examines the best of the best released this year. Read ahead and get enamored with the best Afro Amapiano songs ringing out at countless clubs and parties across the continent.
DJ Tunez – “Require” ft Olamide
Produced by P.Priime, Olamide Baddo linked up with DJ Tunez to sing and rap, asking a lady for her requirements/desires “You swinging body like you got no ribs oh, You de skata with your waist and hips oh, Undertaker kill me softeeeeely please oh. You de make my heart de do giz giz oh.”
Peruzzi – “Southy Love” ft Fireboy DML
Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated album Rum & Boogie Peruzzi recruited Fireboy DML for this exciting tune Southy Love. The record talks about doing the most just to see your love in-order to be with him or her, catching a late flight or connecting one to reach her destination.
“I go take flight and I go fly to you, As you dey waste time,I fit dey run to you ooh
Southy love, Oh girl, you gat me wanting more, I cant get enough of your Southy love, Oh girl, you get me wanting more (Ma se bayi , ma se bayi)…“
Jobe London and Mphow 69 – “Sukendleleni”
Jobe London and Mphow 69 released thismasterful depiction of the rhythm and pace of South African townships and the music emanating from them. Jobe London, Mphow69, and Kamo Manje’s timing of introducing new elements to the composition is nearly flawless, holding the groove until the last possible moment before a number of breaks.
This is Sukendleleni!!
Prince Kaybee – Gugulethu ft. Indlovukazi, Supta, Afro Brothers
An Amapiano playlist without this track “Gugulethu” is total incomplete. This a cool vibe with catchy lyrics for chills.
“Safa mnandzi bo, Ungado ngiphazamisa, Khona la eGugulethu (Gugulethu, Gugulethu…)“
Falz – “Squander” ft Niniola
This a banging Afro-Amapiano record produced by Yung Willis performed by Falz The Bad Guy and Nigeria’s Queen of Afro-house. This is the perfect tune for fans to dance away their sorrows, worries, and the ills of 2020. All Falz wants is to squander money, party hard, and set every house party and club on fire!!!
“Ina kwana, Ina gajiya, Everything nmaranma, Ka yin weta cash for squander (bring the money)“
Olamide – “Loading” ft Bad Boy Timz
Another banger off Olamides Carpe Diem album is this beautiful fusion of Afrobeat and Amapiano ‘LOADING‘. OlamideandBad Boy Timz (Yung Fela) unite to gift a party banger tailored to let you loosen up and unwind.
“O shock wan bakan, Loading loading, Loading loading, Owo loading din din, Loading, Gbedu lo din din, Loading
O sun o go, O ji o gba ope, Omo to sun lo go, Omo to ji lo gbo ope...”
Niniola – “Look Like Me”
Produced by South African producer Shuffle Muzik whose under Open-Mic Productions home to buzzing SA singer/producer Master KG, the track Look Like Me is pure Amapiano vibes. Enjoy!
L.A.X – “Go Low”
L.A.X dished out a dance track for the celebration season which will make yall Go Low (Dance). The Clemzy produced tune is perfect blend of Afrobeat and the widely loved, raving Amapiano sound. This track would find its way to your playlist, stay on repeat, turn your favourite, burst your speakers and surely make you lose control on the dance floor.
Dremo – “E Be Things” ft Mayorkun
DMW rapper, Dremo teamed up with label mate, Mayorkun to deliver this party jam titled E Be Tins. This track is a dance track produced by Fresh VDM, a heavy amapiano record with a blend of the Afrobeat sound.
Q- Dot – “Magbe” ft Patoranking
Magbe is a track off “Alagbe”The AlbumbyQdot, On this banging dance street hop record, he joined forces with Patoranking Nigerian King of Afro-Dancehall. The 2TUponTheBeat produced song is the perfect street jam for this festive season, a sure party starter that will make you put on your dancing shoes and gbese! A blend of Afro Street Hop and Amapiano
Zinoleesky – “Kilofeshe”
Zinoloeeskys KILOFESHE is off his forthcoming EP Chrome (Eccentric)! and was produced by Niphkeys, mixed and mastered by TimmyJay. The track is a stunning blend of Afrobeat and the Amapiano which talks about not being moved by ordinary things of this world. This a good tune that will surely keep you grooving.
Masterkaft – “Hallelu” ft Bella Smurda & Zlatan
Multiple Award Winning Producer, Masterkraft recruited Bella Shmurda and Zlatan to deliver this addictive record. The record is an Afropop-Amapiano tune that sees Bella’s celestial voice and Zlatan’s hot bars with ad-libs get one highly spiritual.
Masterkraft – “Equipment” ft Flavour
‘Equipment‘ is a bopping tune and with Flavour on it, this jam would turn your favorite and make its way to your playlist especially the Easterners. The record is a blend of Afrobeat, the Pop sound, and also ever catchy South African Amapiano Sound that would get you shaking consciously or unconsciously
Davido – “Heaven”
Heaven is another banging tune released off Davido’s “A Better Time” album.
“It’s like you fell from Heaven, You make me feel so naked, You give me inspiration, I don’t know how else to say it… Oh ah, can just feel it, Oh ah, no teasing, Oh ah, come kiss me, I want to give you, this feeling… Feel so real (feel so), Feel so real…“
Kiddominat – “E-Wallet”
“eWallet, a feel-good bop whose production soundscape is a fine blend of the burgeoning Amapiano template from South Africa and embellished with some good ole Afrobeats flavor. It also features the local melodies of successful South African rapper, Cassper Nyovest in vocal assist, to give a complete African sound experience.
“Girl, have you been to China, ‘Cause the way you whining is making me speak in tongues, Oya oh I don dey mayan, Mayan for your love, girl I cannot get enough, I can’t believe you’re taken, Since you’re taken, I’m gonna take you from your taker, Call me Undertaker, And see me later to collect e-wallet…”
Davido – “I Got A Friend”
Released off his “A Better Time” album, “I Got A Friend” which features Sho Madjozi & Mayorkun, Davido introduces his audience to his support system most of whom belong to the famed 30 Billion Gang. This track mentions a few associates like ace manager Asa Asika, Special, Aloma DMW, the late DJ Olu, and several more. It even posthumously honors Pop Smoke as the track winds down.
This a good carnival Amapiano Tune!!!
Kabza De Small Sponono ft. Wizkid, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest, Madumane
Released earlier in the year, “Sponono” is one of the top Amapiano songs we got this year. It features Nigerias very own Giants; Wizkid and Burna Boy with South African super Rap and Popstar, Cassper Nyovest.
DJ Khoded – “Vibe”
Khoded Entertainment Boss, DJ Khoded teamed up with Mz Kiss for this great body of work. It’s a very lovely Street Amapiano song to have on your playlist this festive period and vibe to.
Vector x Mastaa No Worries featuring DJ Magnum
Vector and MASTAA introduce a tune that adopts signature from all kinds of African sound, fused it nicely with the rhythm and pace thats unique to rap, and created a revolution Rapfrobeat. This “No Worries” track is a dance tune that heavy on the South African Amapiano sound.
Asake – “Mr Money”
Asake’s “Mr Money” produced by Magiscsticks went viral due to the catchy lyrics “Me I No Dey Cap, Me I no dey Form, My Energy is High WTF!.” It’s gradually becoming one of the trending songs of 2020. Catch The Vibe Below
Focalsitic – “Ke Star”ft Vigro Deep
South African Amapiano maestro, Focalistic was behind one of the biggest Amapiano record titled Ke Star.” “Ke Star” features South African Amapiano hit-maker, Vigro Deep who assisted to deliver the chart-topping number.
“Ene ke star, bare qhim shelele, Midnight mkyelele, tlako sebele, bula sekele, Eh’na re on on on on on, Maradona o dlala rof rof rof rof rof, Eh’na re on on on on on, Vigro o dlala rof rof rof rof rof…
Yho yho yho yho yho yho, Tsikitsiki yho, tsikitsiki yho, tsikitsiki yho…“
DJ Neptune Nobody Amapiano ft. Mr Eazi, Joeboy, Focalistic
One of 2020 Biggest songs – NOBODY by DJ Neptune got an Amapiano vibe with the help of South African Amapiano maestro, Focalistic. You can’t have an Amapiano feast or party without this Big Amapiano Pop Tune… Enjoy!!!
Davido – “La La” ft CKay
Released off his “A Better Time” album, Davido and CKay delivered this amazing blend of afrobeat and Amapiano. An Ampiano playlist without this buzzing OBO track is totally incomplete, Catch the Big Vibe Below.
“Sweet like coconut her body like ajebutter, Pretty girl in a skin tight, I was sitting in the corner, you were at the other corner, I was sipping on Palm Wine (yeah), But e get as your body dey pamper me o, I got to shoot e o (ey), You must to be my shawty o, ah!, Girl I fuck with you heavy (heavy), Girl your waist so deadly (deadly), I wanna love you Nelly (ey), I wanna love you dearly (yeah), Shey you wan do under G, Come hug me like teddy, Come touch my body, Come touch my body, yeah
Oh oh ah, La la la la la la la la la, Oh oh ah skrrt, You dey tingalingaling my body…“