South African 2023 Amapiano Awards Nominations

Stressing the significance of African music and culture on the world stage, “Amapiano to the world” is this year’s theme for the second edition of the South African Amapiano Awards.

The awards ceremony will be hosted at the Sun Arena on April 2, 2023, and it promises to be one of the most anticipated music events of the year in South Africa.

The South African Amapiano Awards were established in 2021 and honor the country’s most popular and talented Amapiano musicians.

The second edition of the South African Amapiano Awards promises to be bigger and better than the inaugural presentation, with a record number of nominees and interesting collaborations. With Kabza De Small receiving nine nominations, the battle will be intense. Young Stunner and Toss are close behind with eight nominations each, including Best Amapiano Lyricist and Best Amapiano Debut. Uncle Waffles garnered seven nods, and Kelvin Momo, Daliwonga, and Focalistic each earned six nominations.

The awards will also feature first-time nominees, including Le Tee, Pabi Cooper, and Nkosazana Daughter. Robot Boii, an up-and-coming musician, will host the event.

The awards have various categories, including Best Amapiano street dancer, Best Amapiano Online DJ/Performance Platform, Best Amapiano Artist Manager, Best Amapiano Festive Hit, Best Amapiano Breakthrough Act, Best Amapiano Dance Act, Friends of Amapiano, Best Amapiano Private School Act, Best Amapiano Music Video, Best Amapiano Styled Artist, Best Amapiano Collaboration, Best Amapiano Album/EP, Most Viral Amapiano Song of the Year, Best Amapiano Newcomer, and Best Amapiano Produced Song.

Amapiano is a famous South African music genre that emerged in the townships of the province of Gauteng.
In recent years, Amapiano music has gained popularity across the continent and around the world, and the awards event strives to highlight the worldwide influence that African music and culture are having.

CEO of the South African Amapiano Awards, DJ Qness, expressed his enthusiasm about the impending event. He stated,  “We are thrilled to bring the South African Amapiano Awards back for the second time, and this year’s theme, ‘Amapiano to the world,’ reflects our mission to push the frontiers of this genre of music. We are excited to celebrate the talented artists who are making a significant impact in the music industry, and we look forward to showcasing their music and culture to the world.”

In addition to honoring the top Amapiano performers in South Africa, the awards ceremony will also act as a platform for marketers to display their goods. The iconic South African footwear brand Bathu has already established a collaboration with the awards ceremony and its managing director expressed enthusiasm about incorporating the South African Amapiano Awards into their objective to assist individuals in achieving success.

On Friday, March 17, the Yanoverse Amapiano Cloud, the official app for the SA Amapiano Awards, will be available for download from Google Play and the App Store. South African citizens can vote for their favorite nominee using SMS codes or the Yanoverse Amapiano Cloud app, which is available for download from Google Play and the App Store. The South African Amapiano Awards are one of the country’s most anticipated music awards, recognizing the top Amapiano performers in South Africa and abroad.

The South African Amapiano Awards aim to be a night of music, culture, and entertainment that will highlight South Africa’s finest achievements. See the full nomination list below

Category Nominees
Best Amapiano street dancer
  • Chad Jones & Family
  • Soweto’s Finest
  • Hope Ramafalo & Hlogi Mash (House Of H&H)
  • Kananelo & Tlhogi
  • Thee Buhle
Best Amapiano Online DJ / Performance Platform
  • Balcony Mix – Major League DJz
  • Black Music – Mr Jazziq
  • Groove Cartel – Groove Cartel
  • Mordecai – DJ Mordecai
  • Pianocast – Stanky DeeJay
Best Amapiano Artist Manager
  • Coby for DBN Gogo
  • Dada Archie for Amaroto
  • Kreative Korner for Uncle Waffles
  • Thuli for Blaqboy Music & Piano Hub
  • Tshiamo for Musa Keys
Best Amapiano Festive Hit
  • “Ba Straata” by DJ Maphorisa & Visca feat. Stompiiey, ShaunMusiq, Ftears, Madumane & 2woshort 3
  • “Tobetsa” by Myztro, ShaunMusiq & Ftears
  • “Zotata” by Pcee, Justin99 & EeQue ft. Mr Jazziq
  • “Nkantini” by Mac G & Sir Trill feat. Bailey & EmjayKeyz
  • “Stimela” by 2 Point 1 ft. Ntate Stunna & Nthabi Sings
Best Amapiano Breakthrough Act
  • Q-Mark & Tipzee
  • Myztro
  • Ch’cco
  • Toss, Mdoovar & 9umba
  • Khanyisa Jaceni
Best Amapiano Dance Act
  • Bontle Smith
  • Kamo Mphela
  • Lady Du
  • Pabi Cooper
  • Robot Boii
Friends Of Amapiano
  • Ami Faku
  • Asake
  • Beast
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Davido
  • Dladla Mshunqisi
  • Mac Gee
  • Msaki
  • Vetkuk & Mahoota
  • WizKid
Best Amapiano Private School Act
  • Gaba Cannal
  • DJ Jaivaine
  • Kelvin Momo
  • Mdu AKA TRP
  • DJ Stokie
Best Amapiano Music Video
  • “Tanzania” by Uncle Waffles & Tony Duardo feat. Sino Msolo & BoiBizza
  • “Big Flexa” by Costa Tich feat. C’Buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T
  • “Izolo” by DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU, Tyler ICU, Visca
  • “Selema” Musa Keys & Loui
  • “Umlando” by Toss, Mdoovar & 9umba feat. Sir Trill
Best Amapiano Styled Artist
  • Focalistic
  • Kamo Mphela
  • Major League DJz
  • Musa Keys
  • Uncle Waffles
Best Amapiano Collaboration
  • “Asibe Happy” by Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku
  • “Iy’ntsimbi Zase Envy” by Amaroto ft. Busta 929, Beast, & Dladla Mshunqisi
  • “Khusela” by Kabza De Small ft. Msaki
  • “Ngixolele” by Busta 929 ft. Boohle
  • “Siyathandana” by Cassper Nyovest ft. Boohle & Abidoza
Best Amapiano Album / EP
  • “Agape” by Gaba Cannal
  • “Ivy League” by Kelvin Momo
  • “King Of Amapiano 2” by Kabza De Small
  • “Notumato” by Young Stunna
  • “Authi ‘eSharp” Mas Musiq
Most Viral Amapiano Song
  • “Ameno Amapiano Remix (You Wanna Bamba)” by Goya Menor & Nektunez
  • “Hamba Wena” by Deep London & Boohle
  • “Nkao Tempela” by Ch’cco and Mellow & Sleazy
  • “Salary Salary” by Robot Boii, Mellow & Sleazy & Soul Revolver feat. Shaun MusiQ & Teearse
  • “Umlando” by Toss, Mdoovar & 9umba feat. Sir Trill, Sino Msolo, Lady Du, Young Stunna & Slade
Best Amapiano Newcomer
  • Felo Le Tee
  • Pabi Cooper
  • Toss
  • Uncle Waffles
  • Young Stunna
Best Amapiano Produced Song
  • “66” by Felo Le Tee & Myztro
  • “Ivy league” by Kelvin Momo ft. Ch’cco, Yumbs, TaSkipper & Tlholo
  • “Izolo” by DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU feat. Madumane, Mpura, Daliwonga & Visca 4
  • “Healer Nhliziyo” by Gaba Cannal & George Lesley ft. Russell Zuma
  • “Khusela” by Kabza De Small ft. Msaki
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