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    KAMO MPHELA NEEDS AMAPIANO PUSHED AS HARD AS AFROBEAT

    South African singer Kamogelo Mphela, popularly known as Kamo Mphela is eager for Amapiano to take over the world, and she’s looking to Afrobeats, which originated west of the continent, for inspiration.

    The Amapiano sound has exploded over the past few years and is winning millions of fans, but Mphela still believes it needs an extra push to become a truly global phenomenon.

    While chatting with a group of content creators on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, Mphela said the marketing of the sound needs to get more aggressive.

    She said, “Amapiano just needs to be a little more – I think we’re a little too soft. Amapiano in South Africa is about culture, and being humble to everyone, but if we really want to take it to the world, we have to be more. Wizkid and Burna Boy aren’t soft about pushing Afrobeats, they’re aggressive.

    “If we can be more aggressive with our sound, I think we can reach greater heights.”

    Mphela made her comments to content creators from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa for the Spotify Amapiano tour an exploration of the roots of the sound and how collaborations can help its advancement.       

    The singer said collaborations usually represent a bigger platform for artists to show what they’re about and to enter a new market and rejected the notion that Amapiano needs to be jealously guarded by South Africans.

    “It needs to be a universal sound, more than anything. It should be for the whole world just like Hip Hop is a universal genre and not just for Americans,” she said.

    Mphela further disclosed she’s working on a new song with Nigerian superstar, Ayra Starr, a demonstration of her commitment to spreading the gospel of Amapiano.

    Image credit: TSWalebs

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