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The Amapiano Race Between South Africans And Nigerians
The contest of Amapiano between South Africans and Nigerians — Amapiano started in South Africa and has since become the continent's trendiest music genre.
The genre is at its peak and has attracted the attention of renowned African singers. Amapiano is the current musical fad on all social media platforms, from TikTok to Instagram, and it appears like everyone is trying to cash in on the popularity. The source of this culture, like any other that becomes popular, will be questioned. In the instance of Piano, Nigerians feel they are responsible for the genre's current success. It seems remarkable that there is a competition between South Africans and Nigerians when there appears to be more synergy between the two African nations than ever before. However, it appears that Amapiano is too large to be addressed.
South African creatives deserve all the credit they can get for giving birth to a genre and shaping it into what it is today. Nigerian celebrities, on the other hand, feel Piano did not venture beyond the borders of South Africa until they became engaged in it, which is where the controversy begins.
Nigerian musicians such as MayD, Davido, Kiddominant, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and others took part. The fact that the first formal collaboration was between Cassper Nyovest and Kiddominant on eWallet speaks for itself. Sponono, on the other hand, has been leaked previously but not on official basis. Davido's impact on the genre may have increased its popularity among Nigerians, but Amapiano had its fame before that. Davido, the proprietor of 30BG, collaborated with Focalistic on Champion Sounds, which has 21 million views on YouTube. Costa Titch's Big Flexa, published the same month, has 30 million views on YouTube without the influence of a Nigerian musician.
South Africans should be given more credit for the genre. They battled for the genre and kept it alive, just like Nigerians did with Afrobeats. Despite Nigerians diluting down basic Amapiano sounds for a more local appeal, South Africans stuck to their production approach and captured everyone's interest with the genre. Another Nigerian influence to consider is YBNL singer Asake, who is said to be the first Nigerian to release an Amapiano-influenced album. With the release of the album, he becomes the first Nigerian to have a hot Amapiano project without the influence of a South African.
The Amapiano competition between South Africans and Nigerians appears to be taking longer than intended. Both countries are now in the business and are striving to be as successful as Afrobeats. Nigerians have done a lot for Amapiano, but the true credit should go to South Africans for keeping the genre alive all these years.