Amapiano Vs Afrobeats

By Brenda Nyamusi
Opinion Amapiano Vs Afrobeats

Amapiano originated from South Africa and has gained massive popularity not only in its home country but also internationally. It has taken the music scene by storm with its catchy beats and unique blend of house, jazz and kwaito elements. Artists like Diamond, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido have even collaborated with Amapiano artists showcasing the genre's influence beyond South Africa. In the recent study by Research 8020 Limited on the top 50 musicians in Africa, it was Master KG who made it to the top 10, securing position 7. This shows the growing recognition and impact of Amapiano on the music industry.

On the flip side, Afrobeats with its roots in West Africa has a rich history that can be traced back to musical pioneers like Fela Kuti and Tony Allen. They blended traditional African rhythms with elements of jazz, funk, and highlife, creating a captivating sound. In the 2000s, artists like D'banj, P-Square and 2Baba introduced Afrobeats to a wider audience paving the way for its global rise. In recent years, Afrobeats has exploded onto the global music scene with artists like Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy becoming household names. They have collaborated with international superstars and topped charts worldwide showcasing the genre's immense popularity.

According to a recent study by Research 8020 Limited on the top 50 artists in Africa, Afrobeats has really caught the attention of viewers. Burna Boy is the leading Afrobeats artists claiming the number one spot on the list with over 1.2 billion views which is absolutely incredible but it doesn't stop there. Afrobeats has made its mark in a big way, with seven positions in the top 50 list being occupied by Afrobeats artists. Alongside Burna Boy, we have Wizkid, Davido, Rema, Tekno Miles, P-square, and Kizz Daniel. This is a clear testament to just how much Afrobeats is being listened to and loved by fans across the continent. It's amazing to see the genre's influence and popularity continue to grow. With the rise of streaming platforms and social media, Afrobeats artists have a wider reach and are connecting with fans on a more personal level.

While both genres have their own distinct characters and fan bases, they have made a significant impact on the music scene in Africa. Whether you are grooving to the infectious beats of Afrobeats or getting down to the lively tunes of Amapiano, there is no denying the power and influence of this genres. As Afro beat continues to captivate hearts around the world, its future looks brighter than ever.