Beatport has added amapiano to its official genre tags.
Previously found under the "Afro House", "Deep House" and "Dance/Electro Pop" tags, the South African house hybrid of kwaito and diBacardi (also known as iNkwari) will be easier to find under its own category, Beatport has announced. Beatport says the official genre tag will allow for simpler discovery, charting and playlisting, as well as better visibility across the digital music retailer's site.
The addition is a part of Beatport's efforts to expand and clarify its genre categories over the last few years. In 2021 alone, Beatport announced the launch of tags for "Jackin' House", "Mainstage" (inspired by festivals), "Organic House / Downtempo", "Electronica" and "Indie Dance", "Trap / Wave", and a slew of bass-heavy genres: "140 / Deep Dubstep / Grime", "Bass / Club", and "Breaks / Breakbeat / UK Bass".
Since its origins in the early 2010s, Amapiano has gained global popularity. Read up on the history of the genre and learn about the most exciting amapiano producers around now in Shiba Melissa Mazaza's feature from earlier this year.