Watch: US Rapper Wiz Khalifa Jams To Mnike While Working Out
Amapiano, the music genre that originated in South Africa and combines elements of house, jazz, and kwaito, is taking the world by storm. The latest fan of amapiano is none other than Wiz Khalifa, the American rapper who is famous for songs like Black and Yellow, See You Again, and Young, Wild and Free. Wiz Khalifa shared videos of him grooving to some of the hottest amapiano tracks on his Instagram stories.
Wiz Khalifa Jams to ‘Mnike’ and Other Amapiano Songs
Wiz Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, has over 36 million followers on Instagram. He posted several videos of him listening to amapiano songs in his car on his Instagram stories. One of the songs he was rocking to was Mnike by Tyler ICU, which is one of the most popular amapiano songs in South Africa this year. The song has over 11 million views on YouTube and has inspired a viral dance challenge on social media.
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Wiz Khalifa seemed to enjoy the song so much that he even sang along to some of the lyrics. He also played other amapiano songs such as John Wick by De Mthuda and Ntokzin, featuring Sir Trill, and Umsebenzi Wethu by Busta 929 and Mpura, featuring Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du and Reece Madlisa.
Amapiano Goes Viral
Wiz Khalifa is not the only international star who has shown interest in amapiano. Recently, hip hop legend Jay Z was spotted listening to an amapiano song in his car, while American singer Swae Lee had to apologize for mistakenly crediting Nigerians for the genre.
Amapiano has also been making waves in other parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia. The genre has been featured on major platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, BBC Radio 1Xtra, and Boiler Room. Amapiano artists such as Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Focalistic, and Sha Sha have collaborated with international artists such as Burna Boy, Wizkid, Major Lazer, and Sam Smith.
Amapiano is a testament to the creativity and diversity of South African music. The genre has evolved from its underground roots to become a global phenomenon that transcends borders and cultures.
South Africans React to Wiz Khalifa’s Amapiano Love
South Africans were ecstatic to see Wiz Khalifa enjoying amapiano music. Many of them took to Twitter to express their pride and excitement. Some of them praised Wiz Khalifa for his taste in music and hoped that he would collaborate with some amapiano artists in the future.
Here are some of the tweets from South Africans:
- “This song is going to be nominated for something in America. Watch the spaces,” one person said about Mnike.
- “He said he is gonna do a couple of amapiano tracks in the future,” another wrote.
- “Amapiano to the world. We are proud of our own,” a third commented.
Amapiano is clearly here to stay and conquer the world. We can’t wait to see more celebrities joining the amapiano movement and spreading the love for this unique and vibrant genre.
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