& anu WorldStarGemini Major come together to combine the hottest genre in Africa right now, Amapiano with the last genre to take the continent by storm, AfroBeats, to create what one might call, AfroPiano!
SAMA nominated, platinum-selling star Manu WorldStar and multi-platinum selling Gemini Major have just dropped Short Story, a vibey AfroPiano song about a night out, meeting someone who catches your eye, trying to figure out who she is, where she’s from, and most importantly, what’s her story.
‘Short Story’ is an incredible single that combines the hottest genre in Africa right, Amapiano with the last genre to take the continent by storm, AfroBeats, to create what one might call, AfroPiano. SAMA nominated, platinum-selling star Manu WorldStar and multi-platinum selling Gemini Major, come together to give us an amazing love story. It is a fun, vibey song about a night out, meeting someone who catches your eye and trying to figure out who she is, where she’s from, and most importantly, what’s her story.
Why the name?It’s quite simple, the whole song is a story and has a narrative, hence ‘short story’What inspired it?The beat was essential. We all felt a vibe from the beat and we wanted to make it a very vibey, party time type of trackHow did it all come together?We were chilling in studio when Gemini pulled out the beat. We were jamming and everyone in stu just kept bouncing the words off each other. We stepped out for a minute to write the verses and when we came back Profound added what it is that you hear todayWho do you think it’s for?
Everyone. I think people are enjoying the amapiano sound at the moment and we added an Afro feel to it. It has the power to cross borders and that’s what we are hoping
Short Story (AfroPiano) is one of the best new songs spotlighted by Apple Music.
“Still showing me love ❤️🙏🏿 Please help me thank @applemusic 🌍 #ShortStory (AfroPiano) OUT NOW,” said Manu WorldStar.
Manu WorldStar and Gemini Major are prepping for the release of their joint EP coming soon. New music, new vibes, and exciting times for both African acts! Could this be an all AfroPiano EP? We can’t wait.
Singer Busiswa Gqulu once told Rolling Stone that she thinks it’s the first time that a genre (Amapiano) of ours dominates our own airplay more than international songs.
According to Rolling Stone and MGOSI.co.za agrees that Amapiano is huge in South Africa, it’s also transcended borders. On TikTok, the #amapiano hashtag stands at more than 570 million views. Shares of global streams on the AmaPianoGrooves playlist on Spotify have increased 116 percent globally over the past year; the increase in the U.S. is 75 percent.
The publication further reports that Amapiano began to gain traction in South African townships — historically racially segregated residential areas — in 2016. It has spread rapidly and organically through WhatsApp and ride-shares, spawning its own evolution and subgenres. “There’s jazzy piano where it’s just an instrumental,” explains DJ Maphorisa, the South African producer partially responsible for Drake’s record-breaking smash One Dance. “We have soulful amapiano with voices. And there’s this one we call tech piano, like techno, with claps and snaps.”
Most amapiano isn’t sung in English, which Maphorisa acknowledged to Rolling Stone that can be a hindrance to global penetration in a Western hegemony. He says that South Africans, about 17 percent of whom speak English outside their homes, can be put off by English in local music; it appears hoity.
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