The Twitter trend tables have once again become a hotbed for Nigerian music conversations and this time, it’s the deeply contrived discussion on the artiste that popularised the South African Amapiano sound in Nigeria.Well who popularised Amapiano in Nigeria, is it May D, Kiddominant or Davido? Find out in our story below.
On September 14, 2022, South African DJ, DJ Maphorisa unintentionally started off an Amapiano tussle following his response to a music fan who stated that Davido had exported the Amapiano sound from South Africa to the rest of the world. The fan also referenced Wizkid’s Bad To Me, stating that the singer had hopped on the Amapiano wave following Davido’s success with the sound, crediting Davido to being a sound pioneer that other artists have looked up to over the years. DJ Maphorisa was however not having any of it and responded to the tweet and corrected the fan by saying his Sponono record with Kabza De Small which featured Wizkid and Burna Boy dates back to three years ago and made them the first to have them on an Amapiano record.
Indeed, Sponono had been the first time the two artists had done Amapiano and was the second out of four collaborations between the two Nigerian music greats, other music creators namely May D and Kiddominant have however laid claims on being the pioneers of Amapiano in Nigeria so in this story, we attempt to answer the question; “Who popularised Amapiano in Nigeria?” by taking a look at some noteworthy releases that informed the rise of the sound in the country.