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Amapiano Awards: South Africa’s dance music scene spreads its joy across the world

Amapiano Awards: South Africa’s dance music scene spreads its joy across the world

IN 2019 amapiano began to dominate South Africa’s dance floors to such an extent that, by 2021, the first South African Amapiano Awards were held to mark the rise of the country’s most infectious new music export. In 2022, the South African dance music genre continued to expand its galloping worldwide reach. The annual awards are now an established event in South Africa’s music calendar. Author SANYA OSHA, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town Amapiano is a soulful mix of grooves, sonic textures and moods that can be by turns hectic, smooth, melodic or…
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