Ghanaian dancehall artist Samini recently expressed his view that the popular South African music genre Amapiano is essentially a revamped version of Ghana’s iconic Azonto. In a recent interview on Property FM, Samini emphasized that Amapiano draws heavily from the compositional elements of Azonto, which gained widespread popularity across various countries during its peak.
Although Amapiano originated in South Africa as a subgenre of house music in the mid-2010s, Samini insisted that the similarities between the two genres are too noticeable to ignore. The artist stated, “Today if you do Azonto and you add one or two things to it, somebody will say it’s Amapiano, but Amapiano is something which is already South African.”
Despite acknowledging the South African roots of Amapiano, Samini underscored the uniqueness of Ghanaian music, stating that Amapiano will always be associated with South Africa, but Ghanaian music will continue to maintain its distinctive identity.
Emmanuel Andrews Sammini, widely known as Samini, is a Ghanaian reggae and dancehall recording artist hailing from Wa, Ghana.