Africa has a diverse and inclusive musical landscape dominated by regionally specific styles. Therefore, it is important for everyone to understand the major differences, especially with mainstream African genres such as Amapiano and Afrobeats.
Although there is no reason to believe that Amapiano and Afrobeats are now in rivalry, the two genres are unquestionably the two most popular in Africa.
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 a recent study done by Research 8020 Limited focusing on the top 50 musicians in Africa, Mzanzi star Master KG made it to the top 10, securing an impressive position 7.
This just 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.
Wikipedia describes Afrobeats as a genre that developed in the 1960s and 1970s, taking influences from Fuji music and highlife, mixed in with American jazz and funk.
The pioneers of Afrobeats 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.
Top 50 Artists in Africa
According to another study on the top 50 artists in Africa done by Research 8020 Limited, Afrobeats has really caught the attention of viewers.
In fact, Burna Boy is currently the leading Afrobeats artist claiming the number one spot on this list with over 1.2 billion views – which is absolutely incredible.
But it doesn’t stop there. Afrobeats has also made its mark in a big way, with seven positions in the top 50 list being occupied by Afrobeats artists.
Alongside Burna Boy, the list also features 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 also have a wider reach. The digital age has enabled them to connect with fans on a more personal level.
Amapiano, Afrobeats appeal to unique audiences
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.
Whether Amapiano or Afrobeats, African music continues to captivate hearts around the world. It is therefore safe to say the future of African music looks brighter than ever.