Despite the pandemic and its regulations on public events, Amapiano producers and artists are always at work, dropping hits, and are currently the most booked in the country. Streaming data and charts also show that Amapiano is the most streamed genre at the moment.
There’s been growth in global interest in the genre. More artists and producers, outside the genre and South Africa, have bounced and added different elements of the sound into their music. Amapiano artists and deejays are getting gigs across the continent.
More talented and exciting vocalists and producers have emerged. The genre’s pioneers and stalwarts have maintained their supremacy and continue to expand its soundscapes as it evolves in real-time.
However, we round up our picks of the top Amapiano songs of 2021 so far, listed in no particular order.
Soa Mattrix “Emsotra” (featuring Sir Trill)
The trio, Soa Mattrix, Soulful G and Shaun 101, is responsible for one of last year’s top performing amapiano songs “Uthando”. In late February, the producer finally unleashed his album Sounds of Africa, which spawned the hits “Stoko”, “Emsotra” and “Buyisa”. All three hits feature Sir Trill, who has been unstoppable since the start of 2021 and choosing one song from the album is a difficult task. Our pick, “Emsotra”, describes the inescapable fun that goes down in Soweto, which is affectionately referred to as Msotra.
Semi Tee & Mdu aka TRP “Isingisi” (featuring Sir Trill)
Semi Tee, crooner of “Labantwana Ama’Uber” fame, linked up with burgeoning producer Mdu aka TRP for a collaborative project titled Tales of The 2 Peers. The album which did have great replay value and is filled with sleepers, but “Isingisi” is a definite standout. Sir Trill’s enthralling vocals and cheeky lyrics match the fuzzy instrumental. “Le ngoma iGhost, uyang’thola,” he sings, bragging about the now gold-selling song; “ghost” is KZN slang to describe something or someone that’s dope.
Mr JazziQ x Kabza De Small x Lady Du “Woza” (featuring Boohle)
Talented Mr JazziQ, who had a crazy 2020 and is continuing his run for his first release of 2021, he enlisted “Piano King” Kabza De Small, Lady Du and Boohle for the inviting “Woza”. The track which served as the lead single to JazziQ’s latest album Party With The English and has been doing really well on streaming charts since its release.
Focalistic x Mr JazziQ “GUPTA” (featuring Lady Du & Mellow and Sleazy)
The combination of both Focalistic and Mr JazziQ is world classic and they have been seen them putting out their much-teased collaborative single “GUPTA“, which features vocalist Lady Du and production duo Mellow and Sleazy. This aspirational song came after the release of Mr JazziQ’s album Party With The English and the success of Focalistic’s “Ke Star Remix“.
Kamo Mphela “Nkulunkulu”
In past few months, Kamo Mphela has delivered hit back to back and we can clearly pick a lead single and title track of her independently released EP Nkulunkulu. The song, whose title translates to “God“, is essentially a catchy prayer for wealth, happiness and a life full of blessings and prosperity. She also has been featured on the remix of Nigerian rapper Falz’s amapiano cut “Squander“.
Cassper Nyovest “Siyathandana” (featuring Boohle and Abidoza)
Super talented rapper, Cassper Nyovest rolled out his Boohle and Abidoza-assisted single “Siyathandana”, off his upcoming amapiano project Sweet & Short 2.0. While Nyovest renders a good verse, it’s Boohle’s breathtaking vocals that steal the show.
Boohle “Hamba Nobani” (featuring Busta 929, Reece Madlisa & Zuma)
Boohle finally released her much anticipated song titled “Hamba Nobani”. The song, which features Reece Madlisa & Zuma who deliver amazing verses. For the first few lines of his verse, Reece Madlisa collages lyrics from Mshoza and Mzambiya’s kwaito classic “Kortez”. The artists are among the hottest names in amapiano right now, and as expected, “Hamba Nobani” is an absolute hit.
DJ Maphorisa x Tyler ICU “Banyana” (featuring Sir Trill, Daliwonga & Kabza De Small)
Talented DJ Maphorisa teams up with Tyler ICU in releasing this banging tune titled “Banyana”, taken from their joint EP of the same name. The song interpolates Charles Webster’s club mix of Michel Cleis’s “La Mezcla”, which was famously sampled on Kwesta’s “Mayibabo”. Since its release in April, the song has been in the top 10 of the most streamed songs on Apple Music.
Musa Keys “Vula Mlomo” (featuring Sir Trill & Nobantu Vilakazi)
For the past few weeks, “Vula Mlomo” has topped the charts at multiple major radio stations. It can easily be said that, this is a classic joint from Musa Keys supported by Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi and yes, they made magic.
DJ Obza “Idlozi Lami” (featuring Nkosazana & DJ Freetz)
DJ Obza maintains his moving motions with the release of a new classic single “Idlozi Lami”. The song was perfectly shaped and crafted by DJ Obza and DJ Freetz.