It also features guest appearances from Davido, DJ Edu (1Xtra) and Jermiah Asiamah (1Xtra).
Titled ‘This is Amapiano’, it takes us through the genre through the eyes of who it was popularised by. Filmed in South Africa, watchers can see how the genre has soared on home soil and then track how it has taken off worldwide.
It also explores how the TikTok dance challenges that have birthed from this genre has contributed to the genre’s fast-rising popularity – by bringing a local sound from South Africa and quickly spreading it through the world through the internet.
The full, extended version of the documentary — available on iPlayer — also dives into the contribution of women to the genre. It analyses how the genre has made new superstars and cultural figureheads that were birthed in the underground and have burst into the mainstream.
In June, we spoke to amapiano superstars Scorpion Kings about the genre’s rise. “Amapiano has really taken everyone by surprise, its remarkable growth around the world is something that is so cool to see, just being part of the evolution is really cool,” DJ Maphorisa said to Mixmag.
“It’s South Africa and Africa’s time to really shine and amapiano is here to stay. Amapiano hasn’t even reached its full potential globally, the genre has so many variations at the moment, eg. “Sgija”, and “Tech” piano that is already crossing over but regardless it will always be amapiano.
Watch the first 16 minutes of BBC1 Xtra’s ‘This is Amapiano’ below. The full version of the documentary can be found on iPlayer here.