Top 5 Amapiano Songs Of 2023 So Far.The reign of amapiano isn’t showing any signs of losing steam. Seeing amapiano acts billed at esteemed international concerts and festivals has become less of a shocker. From Coachella to Tomorrowland, amapiano artists are making impactful strides in exporting the genre and its accompanying culture.Check out our picks for The Best Amapiano Songs of 2023
Tyler ICU ft. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Ceeka RSA & Tyron Dee – Mnike
One of the biggest releases of the year so far, “Mnike” has dominated to become one of the most recognisable tracks for anyone looking to enjoy a truly communal experience on the dancefloor. This is hardly surprising, as Tyler has been co-producing some of amapiano’s greatest contributions for the past few years, alongside folks such as DJ Maphorisa, ShaSha, Cassper Nyovest and the late Riky Rick to name just a few.
The Ascension, Baby S.O.N., Charisse C, Koek Sista, Makhanj, Reed, Sfarzo Rtee – Khulula
The UK has embraced amapiano wholeheartedly, and many artists who see the genre as a way to reconnect with their roots on the continent have been trying their hand at their own iterations of “ama.” Charisse C and Koeksista, or rather the duo known as The Ascension, released their first official offering in “Khulula” alongside resident South Africans Makhanj, Baby S.O.N and Sfarzo Rtee in April, and look to connect with more of South Africa’s best for a truly exciting and authentic-sounding cross-continental connection.
Tebza de DJ, Nomza the King – Ka Valungu
Created by Tsonga “king of Shangaan Disco” Peta Teanet, “Ka Valungu” was originally a struggle song with a rather dark undertone. With the lyrics roughly translating to “kill a cat to eat on the train because there are no chickens in white people’s land,” Tebza’s amapiano remake of this track had folks jamming across social media in gleeful confusion
Uncle Waffles feat. Ice Beats Slide, Sbuda Maleather – Peacock Revisit
In another revamp for an old school classic, Swazi-born Uncle Waffles continues to forge ahead, this time sampling Venda 1980s band Splash’s “Peacock.” It’s an infectious yet brooding iteration that has quickly risen to become a club staple
De Mthuda, Da Muziqal Chef, Eemoh feat. Sipho Magudulela – Sgudi Sync
One of amapiano’s most respected producers (think “Shesha” with Njelic, “John Wick” with Sir Trill and “Jola” with Sino Msolo) returns with another heart-warming number alongside Da Muziqal Chef.