Amapiano Vs Bacardi
I’ve often been asked, what’s the difference between Amapiano and Bacardi? Answering that is like attempting to answer what’s the difference between Hip Hop and Trap music. It’s all in the elements of production. I’ll now address the Amapiano vs Bacardi conundrum in the sections below.
There’s a popular saying that only two thing are certain in life – Death and Taxes. Permit me to add, Evolution, and Growth. These two phenomena are true for all aspects of life. They are inevitable and will hold true in whatever universe you find yourself. South African House music is evolving, has been, and will continue to evolve.
Deep-house DJs are superstars in South Africa, where more house music is consumed than in any other country.
The unique thing about South African music is that every major city in South Africa has its own unique take on the genre, produced specifically for its own inhabitants. Hence Johannesburg consumes the Jazzy vocal house of Micasa and Black Motion. Pretoria is defined by the sounds of Mujava and Bujo Mujo. When you go further up North you can find the frantic Bacardi House.
The east coast, is dominated by the Kwaito-inspired Durban house of Big Nuz as well as the likes of Rude Boyz’s GQOM, deep house’s spiritual antecedent.
The earliest sound of House music /Afro House in South Africa dates back to the early 90’s just as the country was transitioning from an era plagued by Apartheid to a democratic inclusive government. The political change reflected in other aspects of life. This change brought a new found freedom and an uprising of musical talent and expression.
Bacardi House, is a sub-genre of House music that infuses elements of House, kwaito and electronic altogether. The genre itself was founded by the late DJ Spoko in Atteridgeville. In one interview, Spoko had this to say about Bacardi, “Bacardi House is a design of dance. It was created only for one duty which is to make people dance, one purpose to make them sweat“.
Unlike Amapiano, Bacardi House has been there for a while since the early 2000’s. DJ Spoko who pioneered the genre studied sound engineering under Nozinja, creator of the hyper-speed, hip-shaking Shangaan Electro style. This would play a huge part in the formation of the Bacardi sound. One of the biggest and most popular Bacardi House songs is “Township Funk” influenced by Spoko.
The Best Bacardi Songs
This is just a limited list, and does not include all or imply that any of the songs not listed are not good enough. If you would like any song added to the list please you can indicate that in the comment section.
- Home by Glasser (Township Mix)
- Cheps Panyaza
- More Pain
- Tsa Tsa ftr Chappies
- Track 08
- Captain Jack Spoko is Back
- Track 07
- Why U Nketsa So
- Seroepe Sa Nwanoo
- Oreng Mo ftr DJ Mujava
The Best Bacardi Producers
This is just a limited list, and does not include all or imply that any of the producers or artists not listed are not good enough. If you would like any names added to the list please you can indicate that in the comment section. We could only find limited information on Bacardi producers.
- DJ Spoko
What is Amapiano? The question has been asked millions of times over the last 12 months. People often wondered whether or not it is House, Kwaito, or Bacardi. Amapiano is Amapiano! It is a lifestyle, it is a sound, it is a movement.
Amapiano is a standalone sound, as well as a hybrid of different sounds. I say this because, music as an art is born from inspiration. People get inspired to create, and sometimes they can draw inspiration from more than one source.
The sound inherits its characteristics from local music made and popularized in the South African townships. Hence, It takes after jazz with its keys, kwaito with its bass-lines and harmonies, it’s drum patterns and percussion come from Bacardi and its tempo is similar to the early House music of the late ’90s. Having said that, its demeanor – sometimes soulful, sometimes carnal, often epicurean – is all of its own making and signifies its own time. To know more about the origin ad emergence of amapiano read this article.
The top Amapiano Songs 2019
In the few years that Amapiano has existed, it has produced an amazing catalogue of hits.
- Bum Bum by El Maestro feat. TP
- iGama by Gaba Cannal feat. Dladla Mshunqisi
- Kokota by KayGee Daking feat. Bizizi and Killer Kau
- Yey Wena by Cyburmusiq
- Yebo-Pa by Kabza De Small
- Mduva by Kay Invictus
- Blissful Day by De Mthuda
- Freak Like Me by Thackzin
- ‘skhathi by KWiiSH SA
- Paradise 1475 by Thackzin
- Vula Vala by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Vigro Deep feat. Nokwazi
- Gong Gong by Kwiish SA & Vukani
- Akulaleki by Samthing Soweto ft Kabza De Small, Dj Maphorisa
The Best Amapiano Producers
This is just a limited list, and does not include all or imply that any of the producers or artists not listed are not good enough. If you would like any names added to the list please you can indicate that in the comment section.
- Kabza De Small
- DJ Maphorisa
- Kaygee Daking
- Kwiish SA
- ElusiveBoy SA
- Thackzin DJ
- Soul Revolver
- Bitter Soul
- Deep Tonic
- Dj Clizo
- Dazz-B Music
- De Mthuda
- Vigro Deep
- The Squad