Who Started Amapiano In Nigeria?

Who Started Amapiano In Nigeria?

Who Started Amapiano In Nigeria? May D, Davido, Wizkid & Run Town

Ayo of Jaguda once claimed on Twitter that he doesn’t have time to engage with some users who only started listening to Nigerian music in 2014.

On social media, there are many members of Generation Z who would argue that Wizkid was the first African to do afrobeat music.

In the same manner many of them proclaim daily on social media that Davido, Zino, and Wizkid started Amapiano in Nigeria.

Let’s now get to the point of why we wrote this post.

Wizkid Bad To Me Amapiano

On September 13th, Wizkid released “Bad To Me,” the lead track from his upcoming fifth studio album, “More Love, Less Ego.”

The song’s production has an Amapiano beat, which many music critics on social media find laughable.

One of Davido’s fervent followers on Twitter, identified as Roza, responded to Wizkid’s “Bad to Me” Amapiano song by saying that Davido introduced the genre from South Africa to Nigeria and made it popular.

“Davido brought Amapiano from South Africa two years ago and made it a successful genre in Africa and Beyond, Wizkid is now hopping on the same genre after davido made it a successful genre.
This is how many African artists have been benefiting from Davido’s success for over 12yrs,” she tweeted.

To refute Rosa’s assertion, a South African DJ named Maphorisa quoted a tweet from Rosa and said that Kabza and he were the first to feature Wizkid and Burnaboy on an amapiano song.

“Kabza & Maphorisa was the first to put Wizkid n Burnaboy on a amapiano song Sponono dat was a historical moment 3 years ago, research before tweet also it was the first time Wiz n Burna jumped on a same song together. let it sink in,” he tweeted.

In response to Maphorisa’s assertion, Davido stated that despite everything he has done for the DJ, the DJ has never liked him.

“You’ve never liked me y ? I’ve always been good to you …. Anyways ! AWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY NOW!!!!!! Chu chu chu chu chu,” Davido tweeted.

In response to the debate over which Nigerian musician introduced Amapiano to the country first, Mr. May D asserted that he did so first and that he even has an award to prove it.

“Na me bring amapiano come naija , and I have awards to prove that! We started the naija South African collaboration! I don’t like saying shit like this but y’all like putting me under the box,” May D tweeted.

But now, a lot of people are wondering who, out of Davido, Wizkid, and Mr. May D, brought Amapiano to Nigeria.

Who Brought Amapiano To Nigeria?

According to an extensive investigation done by MandyNews.com, the creation of Amapiano in Nigeria is thought to have occurred on September 11, 2013, when Mr. May D, real name Akinmayokun Awodumila, and his South African friend Oskido worked together on the song “Get Down.”

The next year, in 2014, Davido dropped Tchelete (Good Life), a song with Mafikizolo.

Wizkid, Donald, and Speedy are featured on “Ungowami” by Uhuru in December 2014.

In 2015, Davido also released “the Sound,” another Amapiano tune with Uhuru and DJ Buckz.

Dj Maphorisa featured Wizkid on “Baby Soweto” on December 14, 2015.

Answer: Before Davido, Wizkid, and Run Town, Mr. May D was the first Nigerian musician to record an Amapiano song in the country.

With Davido’s assistance, the genre became a commercial and cultural triumph on a global scale.



  1. Anonymous

    September 15, 2022 at 8:47 AM

    Do you actually know what an amapiano record is? All those songs you mentioned, non of them is Amapiano, not all sout Aftican featured songs are amapiano. They have their in house music.

  2. John

    September 16, 2022 at 4:15 AM

    All those songs you have mentioned are not amapiano

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