Skorokoro Hit makers Dadaman & Mapentane To Drop Amapiano Anthems
DJ producer duo, Dadaman and Mapentane share more than just a childhood bond – they are the undisputed pioneers of the Amapiano sound. The duo have gathered their respective talents to bring us a very first Amapiano Anthems compilation album.
The highly anticipated compilation drops on Friday 07 December. Fans can pre-order the album on iTunes and pre-add on Apple Music from now.
Dadaman whose real name is Gift Mashaba and Peter Leballo also known as Mapentane’s music has amassed a great following individually and as a duo which has grown from the streets of Pretoria with hits such as Skorokoro and Saka Saka.
The duo produce a sound originally described as “Barcardi Music” or “Sghubu sa Pitori”. This sound has become accessible to all as Amapiano and making waves across the country.
“It took us a very long time to be recognised but we stayed strong, pushing,” says Mapentane. “People really liked our music but they didn’t know who we were at the time – as pioneers of this sound we are now taking our music to people around the globe with the release of Amapiano Anthems”.
On Amapiano Anthems Dadaman and Mapentane fuse kwaito and 80s house music elements featuring long-time collaborators. These include Thebe, Pencil, Zing Master, JD Monate and Team Skorokoro. The 13 track album is a compilation of song that have the classic and unique Amapiano sound.
Amapiano Anthems includes the recently released singles Zaka Zaka taken off Dadaman and Mapentane’s recently released EP titled Sghubu Sa Pitori. Vukuzenzele featuring Riky Rick off Pencil’s EP titled New Age Kwaito also makes an appearance on this compilation album.
The album is expected to drop this coming Friday and it’s available for pre-order and pre-add here.
Check out the video to Zaka Zaka here!
ICYMI: A-Reece, Nasty C & Reason Walk Away With VOTY Awards This Week
This week Wednesday saw the celebration of some of SA’s top lyricists at the second annual Verse of the Year Awards held in Braamfontein. Founded by hip hop veteran, Stogie T, the event celebrated artists who delivered the best verses over 2018.
The event honoured the best 10 verses that have been released in 2018. A-Reece and Ginger Trill were some of the wordsmiths awarded with Verse Of The Year statuettes.
The event was attended by industry leaders, music executives, artists and media who were all there to celebrate the true celebration of hip hop. Some of the winners of the awards were not mainstream artists so status in the industry had no status won who walked away with the coveted awards.
Guests included the Verse of the Year judges Stogie T, Zubz, Sabelo Mkhabela and Mercia Tucker. Also in attendance was YFM’s DJ Sabby, hip hop curators Helen Herimbi and Azizar Mosupi, Vth Season’s Ninel Musson and MTV’s Sandile Ntshingila amongst many others.
Here’s a list of the winners:
10: Laylizzy for his single TXI
9: Zakwe for the Sebentin Remix,
8: Jovislash for The Dagga Song
7: Ginger Trill for The High End Freestyle
6: Captain for The ReUp
5: Reason for Father Figure
4: Kid Tini for Movie
3: A-Reece for Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself Pt. 2,
2: Kwesta for Biskop
1: Rap superstar Nasty C took the overall prize with the best Verse of the Year award for his verse on the hugely popular track Wuz Dat
The most surprising but seemingly accepted winner was newcomer to the game, Touchline. He took home the Hennessy People’s Choice Award with over 700 public online votes.
We’ll have the interviews we had at the awards up next week, so do keep a keen eye on that!
What do you think about the list?