Dlala ngama chords: Kabza De Small is the undisputed king of the Amapiano genre
Now, first thing’s first, Amapiano is not a singular thing that only exists in the form of music, it is much more dense, complex and rich. It’s a culture, a lifestyle and voice for a great number of young black South Africans in the townships. Young people in South Africa face many hardships with unemployment being one the biggest of these hardships, and to escape these harsh realities, they are often driven to substance abuse as an act of numbing the pain of struggle. However, it is not all dark and gloomy for these young people, there’s hope and a promise of better times, and the supplier of hope and joy to this demographic of South African youth, is the arts. With music as the leading cultural driver and force, many of these young people run to it as a medium of expression and allows them to build tools which will empower them mentally, creatively and most importantly, financially.
Music gifts them the opportunity to build communities, create their own rules, set their own rules and construct their own way of life. One culture, genre, movement and lifestyle is, like a doom’s day disease, spreading throughout townships in South Africa at a rapid rate. Amapiano is what it is called, and it is beautiful. Beautiful because brings joy to so many black kids from ekasi. In a world that tells them that they cannot be anything or provide them with an opportunity to self-actualize, you cannot take its importance and cultural impact lightly. Like Kwaito and Gqom, this is something that black South Africans can proudly and fearlessly own, package and sell to the world, and there is no other country or region in the world that can produce this sound authentically. To me, Amapiano is simply not a genre of music, it is the energy and speed at which this culture of young people moves. It is us. It is kasi. It carries insights of who we are as a people and we should not be ashamed of Amapiano. We should, instead, celebrate it for its power to capture and document another important side of youth culture.
While we celebrate this culture, we should celebrate the people that provide the soundtracks to our lives. The kings and queens of this culture, at least on the music side of things. Pioneers like Kabza De Small are heroes, men who command respect when they set foot at any event. Masters of their craft, ambassadors of this and musical storytellers, they are the shapers of culture. To put it plainly, Kabza De Small is no different from Mandla Spikiri, as he is at the forefront of a genre that perfectly illustrates the life and times of a generation of young people, capturing their faults, their glory and their beauty. Kabza De Small is appropriately called the ‘Piano King’ and his creations are nothing short of amazing. When you see clips of him playing, people losing their minds dancing to his tracks or his expertly curated mixes, you are notified and reminded of his cultural impact and influence. He is based in Alexandra, a township that is fast becoming a cultural hub of the genre, and he garnered a loyal following online and offline and that gifts him the opportunity to flex his influence and innovation. With this sound, he is changing the narrative, breaking rules and taking Amapiano; the culture, music and lifestyle, to great heights. He is the undisputed king of Amapiano.