Amapiano Fans Weigh In On Which Vocalist Pioneered The Amapiano Sound
Amapiano Fans Weigh In On Which Vocalist Pioneered The Amapiano Sound. Amapiano’s use of vocals has made some producers and vocalists household names over the last five years but a return to a percussion-heavy instrumental sound is set to dominate the future. In just a few years, the genre known as Amapiano has gone from a local South African trend to an international phenomenon, finding its way onto dance floors across the globe thanks to widely recognized vocalists and producers, who took the sound to a whole new different level.
While the debate around the producer who first discovered amapiano, so is the conversation around the Amapiano vocalist who pioneered the Amapiano sound. Though the first person to introduce vocals to amapiano was confirmed to be Kabza De Small, multiple vocalists followed the trend and made it to what amapiano is today. Amapiano fans took to social media to weigh in on the amapiano vocalist who first pioneered the sound and led the way for others. It seems some tweeps have made it between Samthing Soweto, Sha Sha, and Lady Du; and the debate goes on. See reactions:
Debates about the genre’s exact origins are ongoing, but most artists generally agree that it was born in the townships of Johannesburg and Pretoria in the country’s Gauteng province around 2012. Much like its predecessors, amapiano was initially a byproduct of the manipulation of house tracks, through slowing them down to a lower BPM.
Against the odds, amapiano became popular around the neighbourhoods of Katlehong, Soweto, Vosloorus and Alexandra. And soon after, forward-thinking producers began to craft their own syncopated, mid-to-down tempo broken beats. The compositions were often underpinned by rattling shakers, luminous synths, throbbing percussion, jazzy chord progressions and woozy basslines.