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Dj Sumbody

Amapiano star Oupa John Sefoka aka DJ Sumbody has died following an alleged shooting in Johannesburg.


Sefoka's production company, Sumsounds Music, confirmed he was killed...

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...

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...

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...

MOVES Recordings releases second compilation spotlighting Nigerian Freebeat sound': Listen

MOVES Recordings has released a second compilation spotlighting the Nigerian Freebeat sound, which marries elements of techno, gqom, amapiano and more. 


'CRUISE! 2' follows on...

Hagan and Aymos link up on new Afro house single, ‘Sise Ntweni’: Listen

Hagan has teamed up with South African vocalist Aymos for a new single, ‘Sise Ntweni’. Check it out below. 


"'Sise Ntweni’ is a club-ready track...

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...

Tribal Brothers

Tribal Brothers have announced a new EP on Livity Sound, 'Formation'.  


The release marks a return to the celebrated UK imprint for the London club...

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...

dj-lag-album

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...

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...

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...

Selections: DJ Neptune

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Nigeria’s DJ Neptune spotlights his recent favourite Afrobeats, Afropop and amapiano tracks

Lagos’ DJ Neptune has been at the forefront of Nigeria’s music scene for over a decade. The award winning artist rose to prominence as backing...

New London mini-festival, Sounds of African Electronic Music, announced for March

A new mini-festival dedicated to African electronic music will launch in London next month.


Presented by Drums Radio - the UK’s only 24/7 online platform dedicated...

Taken from the album, 'A Map of the Hills I Chose To Die On'

Jumping Back Slash has a new single on Swak Catalog, taken from the album 'A Map of the Hills I Chose to Die On': eight...

The artist's first release for the label since 2017 features vocoliast Ruth Brown and Marcus Damon

Cooly G has announced her return to Hyperdub with the 'Save Me' EP. You can hear the lead track, 'We Can Find Love Too', below. ...

'Lucifer' is the first single to be unveiled from forthcoming album 'Meeting With The King'

DJ Lag has shared an amapiano remix of his track with Lady Du, 'Lucifer'.

The original was first unveiled last month, alongside news of the...

Mina

Joining the dots between sounds from the UK, Ghana, South America and beyond, Mina makes tracks driven by a spirit of collaboration, demonstrated in her...

He's also shared lead single 'Lucifer'

DJ Lag has shared details of his debut album, 'Meeting With The King'.

Due out in November, the 15-track album sees the producer team up...

Durban’s DJ Lag is a pioneer of the world-conquering South African dance music genre, gqom. He’s toured the world and worked with superstars, but he’s...

In 2017, during his 21st rotation around the sun, DJ Lag was experiencing a moment that every artist dreams of but few ever reach. Gqom...