South Africans Slam Spotify for Using Davido as Amapiano Playlist Cover

Some South Africans have taken to social media to criticize Spotify for selecting Afrobeats musician Davido as the cover for its Amapiano playlist on its streaming platform.

Amapiano is a house music style that originated in South Africa in 2012. It’s a mash-up of deep house, jazz, lounge music, and broad percussive basslines.

High-pitched piano melodies, Kwaito basslines, low-tempo 90s South African house rhythms, and percussions from another local house music subgenre known as Bacardi identify the genre.

Afrobeats, on the other hand, is a popular music genre among West African artists. It became popular in the early 2000s.

Spotify recently released Davido as the cover for the playlist of South African music genre, with the slogan “Amapiano To The World.”

The streamer added: “Join the global amapiano movement with tracks and artists pushing amapiano on the global stage. Cover: Davido”.

The development, however, did not sit too well with a lot of South African music lovers; some of whom took to X to register their annoyance at Spotify.

“@Spotify What is this why are you mixing Amapiano with other genres, whoever you got to compile this playlist must be fired & you should hire a South African to compile these playlists, there is Amapiano Afrobeats and Afroyano dont mix them into one thing and say its Amapiano,” a user wrote.

“@Spotify am canceling my subscription with immediate effect. Amapiano was born and bred in SA,” another user wrote.

Here are some of the reactions below:


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