Responsible for spearheading an entire new genre of music that has garnered them international recognition and stardom across the African continent, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small are pioneers in the truest sense of the word.
The amapiano sound is a recent evolution of gqom and draws on other South African dance music trends like kwaito and Afro-house. The percussive elements are similar to gqom, but it’s jazzier, and generally slower.
Ahead of their April album release titled Rumble in the Jungle, a 14-track anthemic amapiano experience, Scorpion Kings (DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small) alongside Afro-pop pioneer TRESOR, have just released a vibrant music video for the chart-topping first single “Funu”.
“Funu” is an exuberant and colourful celebration of African dance and culture that follows a group of friends gathered in an ornate Johannesburg mansion.
With this first single from their forthcoming collaborative album, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small cement their status as two of South Africa’s most influential DJs, fully integrating amapiano into the mainstream and by doing so, further spearheading the culture.
Joined on the upcoming Rumble in the Jungle collaboration album by singer TRESOR, the Congolese-born singer’s uplifting vocals elevate Maphorisa and De Small’s compositions to new heights.
Listen Scorpion Kings x TRESOR – Funu on Melodic Journey 6 here