7 Amapiano stars that rose to the beat in 2021

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These artists have kept South Africans dancing in lockdown with   Amapiano
These artists have kept South Africans dancing in lockdown with Amapiano
Oupa Bopape

It's a genre that's creating a whole new set of celebrities. They are young, ambitious and often, can dance their way to fame. 

The world has fallen in love with Amapiano and the artists that are the driving force behind this genre. 

Despite the entertainment industry taking a hard knock due to Covid-19, these artists have risen to stardom, mostly during lockdown.

Read more | Stars recognised at the first SA Amapiano Awards

Here are 7 Amapiano stars that rose to fame this year;

Young Stunna

His hit song Adiwele is one of the biggest songs right now and has propelled him to one of the top stars.

Sandile Fortune Msimango (21), Young Stunna to his fans, broke the internet when he released his album Notumato and is signed under renowned Amapiano hitmaker, Kabza De Small’s Piano Hub.

Speaking to Drum the rising star said, “I didn’t think my fame would come so fast. I wanted it to be gradual, but I have Kabza and Maphorisa grooming me and they believed God’s time was now.”

Uncle Waffles

Her fire DJing skills scored her more than 4 million views on Twitter, attracting attention from international fans and stars such as Drake. Since then, Lungelihle Zwane, known as Uncle Waffles, has been booked all over the world. The 21-year-old DJ is known for keeping the crowd mesmerised with her dance and DJ skills. 

Musa Keys

He calls himself the Tsonga Michael Jackson, Musa Appreciate Makamu is known to his following as Musa Keys and he is an Amapiano star on the rise. He has been touring across Africa, and the reception has been amazing. 

“It’s overwhelming to watch people’s reaction while performing sometimes. My first time performing in Tanzania, people were singing my songs word for word and I couldn’t believe that people were into my music like that. Ghana was my first international show and my first time being out of South Africa and it was sold out,” he told Drum

Uncle Vinny

He has created a dance move that has trended all over the world, inspiring the viral #UncleVinnyChallenge. The 19-year-old Vincent Ndlovu, who goes by Uncle Vinny, has made a name for himself in the industry.

Sir Trill

He is new in the industry and not much is known about him except for his hit singles. The Amapiano vocalist won the Best Amapiano Live Vocal Performance.

De Mthuda

He holds the Amapiano Album Of the Year title for his album Ace Of Spades. The John Wick hitmaker's real name is Mthuthuzeli Gift Khoza and he is one of the recognisable names in amapiano.

Kamo Mphela

Famously known as Kamo, Kamogelang Mphela rose to fame after she posted a video of herself dancing on her social media account. Now, she is part of the movement and has made waves in the industry and internationally. The 22-year-old was recognised as the Amapiano Artist of the Year in the Amapiano 2021 awards. 


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