By Our Reporter
South Africans and Congolese are some of the earliest inventors of music beats in Africa.
South Africa’s Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and others were the big bulls until Lucky Dube from South Africa and Alpha Blonde from Ivory Coast popularized reggae. Kofi Olamide and Awilo Langomba from DRC took up the Franco-phone countries. Afro-beats from Nigeria and Senegal put a hault to Congo’s dominance as other countries invented their own beats.
In Uganda, Kadongo Kamu from the likes of Ssebadduka, Herman Basudde and Paul Kafeero held the flags until the trio Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool and Jose Chameleone took up the space.
Well, at the moment, South Africa has invented another type of beats called Amapiano which has spread to the whole Africa within a few years. It is a mixture of Zulu sounds, jazz and lounge. Played by a piano, drums and synthesizers, it is sang in high pitch melodies at low tempo.
The beats spread from South African states like Mamelodi, Soweto, Pretoria and several others to Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and East Africa. They were first popularized by South Africa’s Dj Maphorisa, Mafikizolo, Focalistic and others.
Popular amapiani songs from South Africa are; Abalele by Kabza Da Small, Dj Maphorisa Ft Ami Faku, Siyathandana by Cassper Nyovest Ft Boohle and Abidoza. Gupta by Focalistic and Mr. Eazi Ft Lady Du, Mellow and Sleazy. Banyana by Dj Maphorisa and Tyler ICU Ft Sir Trill, Daliwanga and Kabza Da Small.
In Nigeria and Ghana, big artists have jumped onto it. Some of them are; Olamide with Loading, Niniola with too sweet, Rema with Woman, Phyno with High way, Burna Boy and Wizkid with sponono and Davido with single.
In East Africa, Diamond teams up with South Africa’s Focalistic, Mapara and Ntosh Gazi to make Iyo, Harmonize made anajikosha, Mbosso has Kamseleleko and RayVanny has Pombe. Sauti Sol from Kenya have Feel My Love and Matata has Kata.
In Uganda, Spice Diana recorded tujooge with Dj Seven, B2C and MC Africa have it’s okay, Kenzo has Uganda Oye, Aziz Azion also has Meketa and many more.
There are very many countries with the same beats. When our own Baks Ragga was brough by up Aziz Azion, even Rwanda didn’t pick the beats up. A very few groups from western Uganda showed concern.