Maphorisa Reacts To British Singer Jorja Smith Jumping Into Amapiano Without Them. DJ Maphorisa who’s known for having been in the music industry for almost two decades now, became a pioneer of a South African sound, as a result of experimenting new sounds, mixes and beats; of course together with other SA artists. Maphorisa, who’s long earned his belt for pumping out hits for almost a decade — from Uhuru’s “Y-tjukutja” and Mafikizolo’s “Khona” to his own “Oncamnce” featuring Stilo Magolide, Kwesta and Zingah – contributed towards the growth of amapiano and helped introduce it to a wider audience. With amapiano being the biggest genre in South Africa and some parts of world at the moment, artists outside Mzansi are witnessed either working on piano-inspired sounds or literally jumping into it.
Maphorisa took to social media to express his feelings after British singer and songwriter Jorja Smith announced that she had dropped a piano single, thus teasing it on her socials. Maphorisa was quite surprised as how artists outside the Amapiano culture are trying to make the sound theirs. He wrote, “ehhhhhh”.
Maphorisa then shared his sentiments on what it takes to be within the Amapiano movement. The star made it clear that it cannot be amapiano and one cannot do amapiano without the culture being it’s pioneers. “if u dnt involve us its not amapiano then trust me🤞🏾 u cnt eat alone on amapiano its a community movement but we dnt mind sharing thou,” he wrote.
Photo said he got inspired to invest into amapiano reason being, it was mainly a South African genre. “With my gigs, I wanted to understand people’s reactions to this new sound because amapiano was underground. What really sparked my interest in the genre was that, at the time, I was looking to get into something that originated in South Africa. Amapiano is part of kwaito and dance music. When I started working with Afrobeats, which hails from Western Africa, I felt that we didn’t have a sound that strongly represented South Africa. When I started paying close attention to amapiano, I knew that this was a sound that would take South Africa to the world. There’s a lot that you can do with amapiano — you can make it soulful, funky, dusty and hard or jazz it up,” he said.
He also mentioned that he wanted to make amapiano more accessible than gqom. “At some point, I knew that gqom would reach its sell-by date because it was fast-paced and dark. I find that once a genre becomes dark, the songs end up sounding the same. Gqom was dope but I also felt like it was, only, for certain people. However, with amapiano, I realised quite early on that there was a lot that we could do with it.”