African Music: Afropiano and its Cultural Significance

African music has a rich and long history with vibrant and diverse sounds. From the ancient sounds of Highlife, Makossa, and Soukous to the modern beats of Afrobeats and Amapiano, African music has served everyone and impacted the global music scene. One of the qualities that make African music different is the unique use of its rhythms.

Afrobeats Artists: Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid
Afrobeats Artists: Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid

A recent trend in the African music scene is the Afropiano genre. Music artists and producers blend elements of Afrobeats and Amapiano to create a new fusion that is taking the world by storm. One exciting result of this blend is the exchange and interaction of two different cultures. 

The pioneer of the Afrobeats Genre
Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti

Afrobeats originated in Nigeria in the 1960s. Fela Kuti was a pioneer of the genre. It blends Nigerian traditional music with other sounds like highlife and jazz. It possesses harmonious melodies and catchy lyrics. On the other hand, Amapiano originated in South Africa in the early 2010s. It has a slower tempo rooted in house beats and piano sounds.

Amapiano Artists: Focalistic, Major League DJ, Lady Du and Musa Key
Amapiano Artists: Focalistic, Major League DJ, Lady Du and Musa Key

The fusion of Afrobeats and Amapiano blends the danceable tunes of Amapiano with the listenable lyrics of Afrobeats to create a uniquely African sound. This fusion showcases the power of music to bring people together. Whether you are Nigerian, South African or from anywhere else, Afropiano speaks to the soul and brings you home. 

Some popular Afropiano songs you can check out on all streaming platforms include:

  1. Soweto by Victony and Tempoe
  2. Champion Sound by Davido and Focalistic
  3. Soweto Baby by DJ Maphorisa and Wizkid
  4. Jerusalema by Master KG, Nomcebo and Burna Boy
  5. Amapiano by Asake and Olamide

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