[ Awesome Tapes From Africa / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 26 March 2021
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The past five years have seen amapiano, South Africa's electronic music movement born in the townships of the country's Gauteng province, evolve from an underground sound to a nationwide mainstream staple. Even with its commercial success though, amapiano's DIY ethos has continued to disrupt music creation and distribution in the country. Most amapiano commercial successes today began their careers on cracked versions of production software like FL Studio, distributed their work through file sharing platforms like datafilehost and marketed it using social media pages they controlled and influenced.
Amapiano is partly a tasting menu of South Africa's musical history, a lineage that has been as much a backdrop to the times as it has been a catalyst for change in the country. South African jazz has thrived pre and post-democracy, contributing international stalwarts of the genre, notably Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela. Kwaito music-which itself borrowed from other genres like marabi, kwela, mbaqanga, maskandi, bubblegum and others-was created and proliferated in the 90s partly because of the newly accessible House music imported into the country. In the early 2000s, Deep and Afro House dominated, to be followed by the rise of diBacardi, a percussion-heavy electronic music genre most popular in the city of Pretoria and its surrounding townships.
Amapiano Selections, the debut album by DJ and producer Teno Afrika, gives listeners outside the movement's online release economy an insight into the high-burn nature of amapiano that has spawned a distinct typology under its larger umbrella. 21-year-old Lutendo Raduvha has spent the bulk of his life moving between different townships on the outskirts of Johannesburg and Pretoria in the Gauteng province. The palette of amapiano styles on the album reflect these influences.
1. Teno Afrika & Diego Don - Ambassadors feat. Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula
2. Teno Afrika & Diego Don - Storytellers
3. Teno Afrika - 8 Ubers (Tribute To DJ Jaivane)
4. Teno Afrika & Diego Don - Conka feat. Stylo Musiq * Flame Darula
5. Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - Smooth Criminal (Main Mix)
6. Teno Afrika - Lerato La Bass
7. Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - Trip To Vlakas (Main Mix)
8. Teno Afrika - Chants Of Africa