Rwandan musicians embark on Amapiano, a musical genre that goes around the world | New times

RWANDAN DJs, producers, singers and dancers embraced creating a merging South African house genre comprised of distinct synths, airy pads, wide basslines and percussion from another local house subgenre called Bacardi.

One can notice the increase in popularity of this genre by the way it is performed in cafes, pubs, posh boutiques like Pili Pili and other social events in Kigali.

It is light work that musicians such as DJ Marnaud, DJ k’ru, Davydenko and Saxon are behind in bringing the soul genre to play across the country, through their mixes and live performances.

According to Kevin Klein, a DJ and producer who is one of the pioneers of Amapiano in Rwanda, Amapiano is a groovy sound, which is why it is becoming a trend in the country.

After producing a song like ‘Mundemere’ which became a trend in Rwanda, Kevin said the motivation to bring the new style home came from how it was gaining popularity and taking hold globally.

“As a DJ, I have the chance to vibrate with different styles and songs from all kinds of cultures. This is how I started listening to Amapiano songs and mixes and it immediately caught my attention, ”he said.

“I wish more people here could join in and experience the beauty of this musical genre,” he added.

According to DJ Pyfo, the hitmaker of “Kantona”, the increase in popularity of this musical genre can be traced through its rhythms with which people vibrate even when voiceless.

“During the lockdown, people were able to discover new things through social media platforms, such as TikTok, Facebook and Instagram. The Amapiano dances attracted a larger audience, including Rwandans, ”he told The New Times.

Pyfo thinks Amapiano is melodically adorable as most of his songs don’t focus on the lyrics but just create heavy rhythms that bring a good mood to his listeners.

“The world needed a new wave with a new sound, which is why a lot of people appreciated its emergence. The dances are also a bit unique which appeals to a lot of music lovers.

“It will even grow more than that, I can assure you,” he added.

One of Rwanda’s first Amapiano producers, Christian Hirwa better known as Kavumbi Dust, explained in more detail to The New Times how the craze was made.

“Amapiano has extended its reach beyond South Africa and topped the charts in countries on the continent. The reason behind this is none other than how it is becoming a trend on almost every streaming platform, ”Kavumbi said.

“At first people weren’t sensitive to it but over time I can say that we are on the right track because different artists are ready to record and produce it,” he added.

According to Kavumbi, who is also a member of the Kumbe team, Rwandans should support and join Amapiano because of how he fits into Rwandan culture.

For Isra Holyrapper, a Kigali-based singer, leaping into the new house genre came from constantly listening to some of Amapiano’s best songs like “John Vuli Gate” and “Ke Star” by Focalistic, tracks that have it. attracted a lot.

“By playing this genre often, I discovered that it had unique rhythms and dance moves that might appeal to music lovers,” he said.

“From there, I approached Davydenko and Kevin Klein because I knew they could create it from their skills, and we came up with different projects,” he added.

Isra is set to release a new track by Amapiano next month dubbed ‘Sawa’, starring acclaimed artist and DJ Marnaud.

Teta Uwere, an Amapiano fan and dancer, said that by continuing to support these native African genres, Rwanda could also come up with a unique style or sub-genre that can also be a national treasure like Afro- beats from Nigeria or Amapiano from South Africa. .

Some of the most played songs of this genre in Kigali include “Feri” by Saxon and “Mundemera” by DJ Marnaud.

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