Ghanaian Singer Efya Says She Started Amapiano

Ghanaian singer Efya says she started Amapiano with DJ Tunez.

Every day a new claim arises, and Mzansi has to entertain it. The origin of Amapiano has always been credited to SA, and everyone knows that. Kabza de Small is called the father of Amapiano, and he credits Mdu aka TRP for discovering Log Drum.

However, Mzansi was stunned to hear singer Efya’s claims that she originated the sound. According to her, she started it in 2019 with DJ Tunez before South Africa discovered it. She made the claims in an interview with Adesope on Afrobeats Podcast. 

Efya said, “I would say Tunez and I started the amapiano thing when we did that first tape in 2019. Before Covid, Tunez and I started making that kind of sound and then we kept going, then South Africans. There have been so many things I’ve been involved in.”

Reacting to the claim, Mfr Souls’ Maero said, “There is no way this lady started amapiano. Maybe she wants to get fame, but there’s no way. People know where amapiano is from and it’s here in South Africa.”

“Amapiano is a mix of kwaito and deep house, and kwaito is a South African genre. And even the origins of kwaito are from South Africa. So, as I said, there’s no way a Ghanaian musician came up with amapiano,”

“When we started the genre didn’t have a name because it wasn’t a familiar sound. It just was keys and no vocals and then people started calling amapiano.”

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