Let’s face it – Amapiano has gained a lot of ground in the music industry, and South Africa is taking the international scene by storm.
Although this genre is a male-dominated playground, the ladies aren’t giving up so easily. They challenge the status quo by incorporating their musical voice and talents into the genre.
Some Amapiano women have broken the mold by becoming DJs, producers, rappers, and singers. Musicians such as Brenda Fassie, Thembi Seete, Lebo Mathosa, Miriam Makeba, and Thandiswa Mazwai paved the way for Amapiano women to make their mark.
Find out the five South African Divas that contribute to the global growth of Amapiano music.
Azana was just 19 years old when she started her career in the House music genre. Sun El Musician, an award-winning DJ, featured her powerful voice and stunning vocals in his project, “Uhuru.”
Azana gets her inspiration from black musicians/artists of the past and present. In addition, her career took off in 2020 with hit songs like “Ngize Ngifike” and “Your Love,” and each ranked up the charts.
Azana ranks number one on Apple Music Pop Chart, charting across all categories on Apple Music Top 100 South Africa, Botswana, and Eswatini.
Kamo is a young Amapiano artist with an infectious smile and legendary choreographic ability. She uses her skills as an Amapiano artist and a talented South African woman to set an example for others.
She has collaborated with Amapiano colleagues on many popular songs, including Squander remix, Mamazala, and Nkulunkulu.
She works continuously to demonstrate to the world that South African women are deserving of their reputation. She tries to walk the trail of legendary musicians like Brenda Fassie, inspiring the future generation.
Busiswa, a queen from Amapiano, has been making waves in the industry ever since Kalawa Jazmee’s CEO Oskido discovered her.
Her “Highly Favoured” album won Busiswa the Best Kwaito Album at the 25th SA Awards. In addition, she was listed as one of the most influential individuals by Mail & Guardian two years after her fame.
Busiswa has co-worked with international acts like Beyoncé, Mayorkun, Niniola, and Naira Marley, to name a few. Furthermore, she partners with fellow Amapiano artists like Mr. JazziQ, DJ Maphorisa, Kamo Mphela, etc.
Lady Du is one of the powerhouses of the Amapiano genre and has been an inspiration to many upcoming female artists.
She bagged her first DJ competition at age nine and started her music career in the early 20s. Lady Du has since released delightful Amapiano tracks within two decades.
Furthermore, she often reiterates the legendary Brenda Fassie and Lebo Mathosa are her role models while carving out her name in the hall of fame.
Some of her hits tracks include Kings X Queens, Mang’Dakiwe, uZuma Yi Star, Dakiwe, Woza, Xxikiwawa, and Catalia.
Boohle is not resting on dishing out evergreen Amapiano jams locally and globally.
Born in Johannesburg, this female artist has written some Amapiano hit songs, one of which was Cassper Nyovest’s Siyathandana which recently exceeded 6 million views on Youtube.
The sensational singer has been topping music charts on South African local radio stations and other streaming music platforms. Some of her hit songs include Ukuhamba, Tata featuring Gugu, and JazziDisciples.