Introducing Songen genres: Amapiano

Amapiano is a style of music that originated in South Africa in the early 2010s. It is a blend of house music, kwaito, and jazz elements. It is characterized by its heavy basslines, bouncy synths, and a highly syncopated rhythm. It is typically slower than other house music genres such as gqom and often includes orchestral elements. Amapiano is popular among South African youth and has been featured in international music festivals.

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The chord progression of amapiano music is typically built on a foundation of simple, repetitive chord progressions. Common chords used in amapiano include minor and major seventh chords, as well as open-voiced seventh chords. These chords are often arranged in a cyclical pattern, with the same chord being repeated throughout a track. Other chords used in amapiano include sus2, sus4, and augmented chords. These chords are often used to create melodic and harmonic layers to give the track its signature sound.

March 21, 2023