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NTS Radio, Shannen SP and Joe Cotch compile essential tracks that capture the unique and unifying sound of amapiano, South Africa’s world-conquering dance music style

With artists and fans from around the globe proclaiming “Amapiano to the world”, this evolving new genre has defied expectations that it’s just another passing...

Amapiano added as genre on Beatport

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...

These are the most exciting amapiano producers right now

Amapiano has become a world-conquering genre since emerging in South Africa over a decade ago, with the sound mutating in recent years to solidify its place as an embedded dance music culture. Here, Shiba Melissa Mazaza asks: who are the South African artists carrying the torch for amapiano right now?
 

Amapiano (also known as ipiano or ’piano) began in the streets of Gauteng, South Africa, in the early 2010s. The now world-conquering sound is a...

Amapiano contributes to increased tourism to South Africa, report finds

Amapiano music has been credited with providing a significant boost to tourism in South Africa.


Speaking to News24 at the launch of World Tourism Month...

Manchester's Pie Radio announces amapiano and Afrobeats event tour series

Manchester-based, youth-led radio station Pie Radio is organising an events series that will showcase a number of figures from across the amapiano and Afrobeats music...

New amapiano documentary released by BBC Radio 1Xtra

BBC Radio 1Xtra has shared a new documentary about amapiano music.


'This Is Amapiano' looks at the genre's rise from South Africa's townships to a...

The 11-hour event will take place at the BEC Arena

Manchester’s Pie Radio has announced an Afrobeats v Amapiano day party for summer.

After hosting an online Afrobeat v Amapiano clash during lockdown, independent, youth-led Manchester radio...

Artist Lebo, Maniac017 and Mixrmoe are also down to play

Manchester's Pie Radio, one of the UK's leading youth-led stations which pulls an audience of more than 400,000, has announced a new Kings of Amapiano...

The two stars of South Africa's music scene were en route to perform at a concert

Amapiano artists Mpura and Killer Kau have died after being involved in a car accident while travelling en route to a concert in Rustenburg, South...

Kamo Mphela, Mr JazziQ and Vigro Deep also feature, with two tunes from DBN Gogo

NTS has announced a new amapiano compilation, showcasing new music from the prominent South African subcultural scene. 'Amapiano Now' will land on 23rd July. 

The...

Mpura and Killer Kau died earlier this month in a car accident

Amapiano artist Mr JazzIQ has shared a video for his new single, 'Woza'.

The clip, which you can watch below, is dedicated to the late...

In DJ Mag's April music columns, Joe Roberts, Carl Loben, Shiba Melissa Mazaza and Layla Marino spotlight topical sounds from around the world

Joe Roberts asks, will the resurgence of rave provide the soundtrack to a post-COVID summer of love?

“It looks like old skool raves will be...

Get To Know: Charisse C

Get acquainted with Charisse C, the Southern Africa-born, UK-raised DJ embracing amapiano's unifying power

Southern Africa-born and UK-raised, Charisse C has been collecting the old and new sounds of her Zimbabwean and South African heritage for a while now...

Album Of The Month: DJ Lag ‘Meeting With The King’

DJ Lag’s thrilling debut album is a testament to gqom’s versatility, and its ability to cross-pollinate with the sounds of amapiano and deep house

Lwazi Asanda Gwala, better known as Durban artist DJ Lag, is a pioneer of the gqom genre: a unique South African style that strips out...

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Gqom trailblazer DJ Lag has unleashed his hotly anticipated debut album, ‘Meeting With The King’, via Ice Drop and Black Major. Check it out below...