Top Trending Amapiano Songs of 2021, South Africa’s relentless township groove amapiano has entertained curious ears for almost a decade now, with the genre’s rapid growth and evolution being championed by hundreds of hopeful producers who dig into new sounds with spades of experimentation. The consequence has been a long stream of unconventional yet runaway hits.
The constant supply and growing appetite of listeners has snowballed the sound into the biggest music genre in South Africa in terms of consumption. This year’s amapiano scene can easily be described as the year of collaboration with its overwhelming number of assisted hits from current hitmaking producers like JazziQ, De Mthuda and DBN Gogo whose catalogues are dominating the local airwaves.
Meanwhile, amapiano heavyweights DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small have contributed to a number of chart-toppers this year working with DJ Stokie, Sir Trill and Josiah De Disciple, among others. The township musical mood has also caught the eyes of prominent musicians outside of South Africa such as Davido and Rema, as well as US superstars like Drake who is expected to release his take on amapiano this year.
The following playlist features the best amapiano tunes of 2021 thus far, and will be constantly updated to reflect the current hits in high rotation.
Abalele by Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku
‘Abalele’ has fast-become an anthemic hit among the amapiano community in South Africa. Hitmaking duo Scorpion Kings feature the soothing vocals of Ami Faku on the groovy, mid-paced track. The single has rapidly ascended to the top of local Apple Music City charts as well as other platfoms.
Siyathandana by Cassper Nyovest ft. Boohle and Abidoza
The genre-crossing rapper Cassper Nyovest is adamant about producing amapiano hits with ‘Siyathandana’ taken off his follow-up amapiano album Sweet & Short 2.0. His knack for reworking old classics tunes, in this case, Bob Sinclair’s ‘World Hold On’, coupled with the vocals of fast-rising singer Boohle have given the lead single a long-running streak on top of local music charts.
Gupta by Focalistic and Mr JazziQ ft. Lady Du, Mellow & Sleazy
Riding their wave of unstoppable success, amapiano heavyweights Focalistic, Mr JazziQ and Lady Du team up to deliver an aspirational song with production duo Mellow & Sleazy also in the works.
Banyana by DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU ft. Sir Trill, Daliwonga and Kabza De Small
‘Banyana’ sees a joint collaboration between amapiano’s top vocalists Sir Trill and Daliwonga joining forces with genre-bending prolific producers DJ Maphorisa, Tyler ICU and Kabza De Small. Familiar house heads will pick up on the sampling of Charles Webster’s popular club mix of Michel Cleis’ ‘La Mezcla’.
Iyamemeza by DJ Sumbody ft. The Lowkeys
DJ Sumbody seems to have a winning formula for making smash hits. After his popular runaway singles Ayepyep and Monate Mpolaye off his 2019 Ashi Nthwela album, the radio presenter has made a comeback with ‘Iyamemeza’ featuring Drip Gogo and The Lowkeys, which is dominating local airwaves.
Amaneighbour by Killer Kau and Mr JazziQ ft. Reece Madlisa, Thackzin DJ and Zuma
Killer Kau and Mr JazziQ, both early adopters of amapiano, continue at the fore of amapiano with this hit, leading the movement of the people’s music.