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Amapiano’s Resounding Success in 2022: Songs, Mixes, and Awards



Amapiano 2022 Introduction

In 2022, amapiano took the world by storm, establishing itself as one of the most vibrant and influential music genres globally. The genre’s distinct blend of house, jazz, and deep house elements, accompanied by captivating dance moves, captured the hearts of music enthusiasts across the globe. Throughout the year, amapiano artists and producers achieved remarkable milestones, creating a sonic wave that resonated with audiences from diverse cultures and backgrounds. This article provides an elaborate overview of the exceptional 2022 amapiano songs and mixes that contributed to its unstoppable success.

The Evolution of Amapiano in 2022

Amapiano’s success in 2022 was a culmination of years of evolution and growth. The genre originated in South Africa, with roots in townships, and quickly gained popularity among local youth. Its distinctive sound, characterized by rhythmic piano melodies and energetic beats, soon spread beyond South African borders, captivating music lovers worldwide.

As the genre expanded, it continued to evolve, giving rise to new sub-genres and variations. Notably, the “Mozambique” and “France” variations emerged, adding fresh dimensions to the already diverse amapiano landscape. These variations allowed for more experimentation and contributed to the genre’s innovative spirit.

2022 Amapiano Songs: Triumphs and Transformations

Throughout 2022, amapiano songs pushed the boundaries of creativity and resonated with audiences in powerful ways. Here are some of the standout tracks that defined the year:

1. Kabza De Small ‘Khusela’ feat. Msaki

Kabza De Small, one of the genre’s leading producers, showcased his prowess with “Khusela.” Featuring the enchanting vocals of Msaki, the track touched spiritual depths, becoming a soulful masterpiece cherished by fans worldwide.

2. Sao Mattrix x Mashudu ‘Mina Nawe’ feat. Happy Jazzman & Emotionz DJ

Sao Mattrix’s solo endeavor “Mina Nawe” impressed audiences with its soul-stirring melodies and emotional depth. The collaboration with Happy Jazzman and Emotionz DJ added further layers of musical richness.

3. Gaba Cannal & George Lesley ‘Healer Ntliziyo Yam’ ft. Russel Zuma

A collaboration between Gaba Cannal and George Lesley resulted in the touching track “Healer Ntliziyo Yam,” featuring the powerful vocals of rising star Russel Zuma. The song’s emotional impact solidified Gaba Cannal’s reputation as a pioneer in the amapiano genre.

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4. 9umba, TOSS & Mdoovar ‘uMlando’ ft. Sir Trill, Sino Msolo, Lady Du, Young Stunna & Slade

uMlando” not only became a viral sensation but also brought together an impressive lineup of amapiano stars. The track’s catchy hook and danceable beat led to a widespread social media challenge, catapulting its producers and featured artists to new heights of fame.

5. Daliwonga ‘Abo Mvelo’ ft. Mellow & Sleazy & M.J

Daliwonga’s collaboration with M.J and producer duo Mellow & Sleazy resulted in “Abo Mvelo.” The track’s subtle nod to a nostalgic classic resonated deeply with listeners, making it an instant favorite among amapiano enthusiasts.

6. DJ Maphorisa & Visca ‘Ba Straata’ feat. 2woshort, Stompiiey, ShaunMusiq, Fteearse & Madumane

DJ Maphorisa’s collaboration with Visca introduced the next generation of amapiano stars. “Ba Straata” not only delighted fans with its energetic sound but also sparked a popular dance challenge on TikTok and dance floors worldwide.

Amapiano Mixes in 2022: Non-Stop Musical Bliss

In addition to individual tracks, amapiano mixes played a crucial role in showcasing the genre’s versatility and creativity. Two remarkable mixes stood out in 2022:

1. Mr Luu De Stylist – The Best of Amapiano Mix (July 2022) Ft. Kabza De Small:

Mr. Luu De Stylist’s mixtape featuring Kabza De Small was a masterful compilation of the genre’s best tracks, capturing the essence of amapiano’s infectious spirit. The mix’s seamless transitions and well-curated selection showcased the diversity of amapiano music.
Mr. Luu De Stylist – The Best of Amapiano Mix (July 2022) Ft. Kabza De Small


0:00 Mood – TxC, Tim Lyre
4:53 Gwinya Lam – Mas Musiq, Musa Keys, Musa Keys, Snenaah, Sino Msolo
9:56 Lomntwana – Icee ZA, Nobantu Vilakazi
13:51 Sengizwile – Mas Musiq, Aymos, Young Stunna
18:58 Skeem Saam – Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
24:06 Cheese Melrose – Visca, Semi Tee, Ma Lemon, Kammu Dee
29:30 Jozi Night – GemValleyMusiQ, Officixl Rsa, Djy Fresh, S Kay De Vibe
33:37 Ziyakhala – Almighty, Busta 929, Lolo SA, Wifey
38:38 Ketseng – Felo Le Tee, DBN Gogo, MJ
42:15 Rekere 2 – Kabza De Small, takev
47:59 Madiba – HENNYBELIT, TBO, Mfana Kah Gogo
53:24 Khuluma Imali – Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Madumane, Toss, Felo Le Tee
58:08 ICARD – Nkulee501, Skroef28, Mpho Spizzy, Young Stunna, Housexcape
1:02:16 Manca – Felo Le Tee, Toss
1:07:01 Dedela – RIVALZ, TNK MusiQ, 2woshort

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2. Tooxclusive Amapiano Mixtape (2022 Edition) Hosted by DJ Latitude

Tooxclusive’s Amapiano Mixtape, curated by DJ Latitude, provided a delightful blend of chart-topping hits and lesser-known gems. The mix offered a glimpse into the genre’s evolving landscape and celebrated the talents of both established and emerging artists.


  1. Seyi Vibez – Billion Dollar
  2. Dlala Regal Ft. Scotts Maphuma – Umshini
  3. Ajebo Hustler – Loyalty
  4. The Medicine – Arabic Piano
  5. Asake Ft. Burna Boy – Sungba (Remix)
  6. Chicco Ft. Mellow & Sleazy – Nkao Tempela
  7. Khanyisa, Villisoul & Focalistic – Zula Zula
  8. Vigro deep – Piano King
  9. Young Stunna Ft. Kabza De Small & DJ 10. Maphorisa – Adiwele
  10. Major league Djz Ft. Mathandos, Nvcho & C4 DJs – Bakwa Lah
  11. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Ft. Sir Trill, 13. Daliwonga & Kabza De Small – Bayana
  12. Daliwonga Ft. M.J, Mellow & Sleazy – Abo Mvelo
  13. DJ karri Ft. Prime De 1st, BL Zero & Lebzito – Trigger
  14. Buju Ft. Blaq Diamond – Italy Refix
  15. Davido Ft. Focalistic – Champion sound
  16. Molazzi – Second Doze
  17. DJ Karri Ft. Lebzito , BL Zero & ELK – Sanitizer
  18. Goya Menor & Nektunez – Ameno (Amapiano Remix)
  19. Uncle Waffles & Tony Duardo Ft. Sino Msolo & BoiBizza – Tanzania
  20. MFR Souls Ft. Major League, Kamo
  21. Mphela & Bontle – Amanikiniki
  22. Zinoleesky – Rocking
  23. Eltee Skhillz – ODG
  24. DJ Latitude & Soundz x Ckay – Emiliana (Amapiano Remix)
  25. Toby Shang & Nektunez – Run This Town
  26. Terri – For Here
  27. Steven Adeoye – Ali
  28. Vict0ny – Apollo
  29. Olamide Ft. Wande Coal – Hate Me
  30. Asake Ft. Olamide – Omo Ope
  31. Fireboy DML – Playboy
  32. BNXN Ft. Zinoleesky – Kilometer (Remix)
  33. Black Sherrif – Kwasu The Traveler (Amapiano Remix)
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Achievements and Awards: Amapiano’s Triumphs in 2022

Amapiano’s rise to international prominence was further validated by the genre’s achievements and recognition in various prestigious award ceremonies. At the 2022 South African Music Awards (SAMAs), amapiano artists dominated several categories, highlighting the genre’s cultural impact and commercial success. Standout winners included Reece Madlisa and Zuma’s collaborative album “Ama Roto Vol.2” for Best Duo or Group of the Year and Young Stunna’s “Notumato” for Best Amapiano Album.

Awards and their winners

  1. Best Duo or Group of the Year: Reece Madlisa and Zuma for Ama Roto Vol.2.
  2. Best Amapiano Album: Young Stunna for Notumato.
  3. TECNO Record of the Year (ROTY): Musa Keys ft. Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi for ‘Vula Mlomo.’
  4. TikTok Most Viral Song of the Year: ‘uMlando’ by 9umba, TOSS & Mdoovar.
  5. CAPASSO Most Streamed Song of the Year: ‘Abalele’ by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku.


The year 2022 was undoubtedly a defining moment for amapiano music. As the genre continued to gain international recognition, its artists excelled in creating memorable songs and electrifying mixes that resonated with fans worldwide. From the soulful melodies of Kabza De Small and Msaki’s ‘Khusela‘ to the viral success of 9umba, TOSS & Mdoovar’s ‘uMlando,’ amapiano artists left an indelible mark on the global music landscape.

The triumphs at the SAMAs further cemented amapiano’s position as a genre that continues to evolve and captivate listeners. With its infectious beats and the spirit of innovation driving its creators, amapiano promises to have an even more remarkable future ahead. As we look forward to what the genre has in store, it’s clear that amapiano’s journey to international acclaim has only just begun.

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