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Is hip-hop better than Amapiano, a local genre featuring elements of house music and piano instrumentals? Well, South Africans have taken to Twitter to decide.
The debate broke out after Twitter user Mr Romantic posed the question to his followers on Friday morning.
“Each genre gave us hits after hits this entire year. Whether you’re a fan or not, you can’t deny the power each one holds on the dance floors,” his tweet read.
Each genre gave us hits after hits this entire year 🔥
Whether you’re a fan or not, you can’t deny the power each one holds on the dance floors 💃🏾
Which is your favourite genre and why? 👀
— Mr Romantic (@rapelang_tlou) December 6, 2019
The question sparked a small online war between South African music lovers, who were quick to defend their favourite genre.
— BecksLong😎🥤 (@beckzynho) December 6, 2019
Hip-hop is the Godfather of all music and AMAPIANO is a new born child learning to walk, that’s why it is making a lot of noise and has everyone’s attention pic.twitter.com/QAdbFPaSNn
— 744_one (@GANG_GANG7441) December 6, 2019
Hip hop is a wife. Mapiano is a side chick. I enjoy being with the side chick because she goes an extra mile to make me happy. At the end of the day, I go back to my wife. #HiphopVsAmapiano pic.twitter.com/Ti9nMHJBBH
— Lesego Maake (@LesegoWaMaake) December 6, 2019
Amapiano for the weekend, I’ll skrrr skrrr during the week pic.twitter.com/YQ9XqOuRf3
— Timmy👦 (@TiimDaSituation) December 6, 2019
While many stood by their preferences, some claimed that the two genres were “incomparable”.
— Strawberries🍓&Cream🍦 (@SanaKerin) December 6, 2019
— UZikode uMakhanda (@Innosile1) December 6, 2019
#HipHopVsAmapiano DO THE TWO GENRES EVEN WARRANT SUCH…I SEE NO COMPARISON SINCE BOTH IN MY OPINION WILL FOREVER BE IN DIFFERENT WAVELENGTHS
HAPPY FRINGAS pic.twitter.com/iTxV7qkmDm
— MACALA (@squishypantz) December 6, 2019
What is Amapiano?
Amapiano has become one of the fastest growing genres in South Africa in 2019, and streaming services have recognised its potential.
“Developed by bedroom producers with limited resources, the music spread from phone to phone faster than anyone expected,” Spotify wrote on a blog post in October.
The Scandinavian streaming service also noted that Kabza Da Small, a prominent Amapiano artist, was the most streamed local act in South Africa in 2019, eclipsing the likes of DJ Maphorisa, and hip-hop artist Nasty C.
It’s not clear if Amapiano will continue its rise in 2020, but at least we can all enjoy it while it’s here.
Feature image: screenshot, Twitter