Alexandra born musicians, Tumelo and Josiah, are JazziDisciples – an Amapiano super-duo that is curating the next sound in the genre. A sound that sees the genre being stretched beyond its current creative limits, with more experimental instrumentation and a beautiful youthful vigor that seduces your curiosity, allowing you enter a world of authentically sounds with textures that are undeniably Mzansi. Bafana Ba Numba is what they are more famously known as in the Amapiano lifestyle, and that name carries their truth and highlights their significance as purveyors of the genre, and to be quite honest, the Amapiano culture as a whole.
Known for their well-curated mixes that pull in thousands of listens/views, they have bent the Amapiano culture in the north-east region of Johannesburg to their will. Their infamous DJ tag, ‘Amapiano is a lifestyle’, is probably one of the most recognizable tags in Amapiano, and as production duo they have built up a solid rep as innovators blessed with an unwavering spirit of creative rebellion – an absolute defiance of creative norms, practices and limitations that exist in dance music. The Amapiano lifestyle is greatly misunderstood in the South African music industry with many fans of dance music, especially deep house, opposing the music and the lifestyle.
JazziDisciples is not just a music duo, they are shapers of culture, curators of vibes and lifestyle pioneers that are providing a soundtrack to the life and times of township youth in Johannesburg. When speaking of progressive youth culture in South Africa, many of us fall into the trap of assessing everything using one lens, and we blindly fall into the trap of documenting and selling South African youth culture in a very Braamfontein-esque way – which, in my opinion, is very wrong, but hey, to each his/her own. We need to dig deeper into black culture and document the brilliance that we have buried in our townships. Young people turning strife into fortune, making something out of nothing and painting a genuine picture of what South Africa is really like. Music is the driver for change in the hood and a tool of unity for black youth from e’kasi. Abafana be numba bayay’shaya ingoma!
Stream their latest offering, Bafana Ba Numba, on Apple Music.