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1. Stamina by Wurld (featuring Major League Djz and LuuDadeejay)

Stamina is one of the two songs on the double, titled WMMU released by Wurld few months ago. Stamina praises the sexual appeal of “an African girl” who “gat the stamina”. Away from the lustful lyrics, Wurld weaves Rhythm and Blues (R&B) with Amapiano, using two different languages (English and Zulu, a South African language) as a vehicle through which his intentions are made known. When Wurld says “ngiyakuthanda” in the chorus of the song, he means “I like you/I love you” in Zulu. With sonic hums and tonic ad-libs, we have a very appealing melody in Stamina.

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2. Monalisa by Lojay & Sarz

Monalisa is a song off LV N ATTN (Love and Attention), Lojay’s debut extended playlist (EP). Thematically, Monalisa is pervaded by sexual fantasies and passionate romantic ambitions. One is particularly stricken dumb by Lojay’s electrifying vocals. The way he alters his lyrics to blend with the Sarz-produced instrumentals too is imperial and noteworthy. Lojay and Sarz are at the top of their respective games; while Sarz combines drum-rolls, synths, airypads, piano sounds and guitar hums for a melodic Amapiano instrumentals, Lojay ensures a well-written lyrics and a delivery melodic enough to do justice to the expertise of Sarz.

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3. Kilometer by Buju

Kilometer is a song off Buju’s debut extended playlist titled Sorry I’m Late released today. Kilometer is used to prove the point that the singer, Buju, is a go-to when any music lover needs melodies. He doesn’t get tired, he will be here singing “till the night is all over”; an indirect way of saying he will never be relegated. The hook (chorus) of Kilometer is the most captivating part of the song. No wonder Buju is described as one of the best hook takers in the current music industry. The producer, Rexxie, on the other hand has been involved in more than fifteen Amapiano songs so far. Though, this is Buju’s first work with him, regardless, the output is beautiful. Rexxie does magic with Amapiano instrumentals.

Buju Sorry Im Late Cover

4. Southy Love by Peruzzi ft. Fireboy

Southy Love is taken off Peruzzi’s sophomore album titled Rum and Boogie released in April, 2021. Southy Love captures saudade, romance and nostalgia. Fireboy is in a long-distance relationship, and is now ready to “take flight” to see his lover. Peruzzi, the song owner, on the other hand, is scared of losing his “lover”. Therefore, to avoid any form of misfortune, he too is ready to fly over to his lover’s place. The drum roll is particularly what makes the song an Amapiano tune. Unlike the other Amapiano songs, there are no synths and airypads. Instead, guitar sounds, saxophone, whistles and piano sounds are what were adopted by P Prime to give us the melodic instrumentals of Southy Love.

Peruzzi Rum and Boogie Cover

5. Jerusalema by Master KG ft. Nomcebo

Jerusalema is a song released in 2019 but later included in Master KG’s sophomore (second) album of the same title released in January, 2020. The gospel-induced Amapiano song features a fellow South African, Nomcebo. Jerusalema is rendered in a South African language known as Zulu. The song features the use of repetitive lyrics. The more reason it is rhythmic and dance-inducing. Jerusalema was produced by Master KG himself and it is important to note that the song emphasizes the belief that Jerusalem is the home of many religious believers.

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6. Ozumba Mbadiwe by Reekado Banks

Ozumba Mbadiwe means two things. One, a road along Lekki Toll Gate known as Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue. Two, a prolific nationalist of the First Republic of Nigeria, known as Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe. Ozumba Mbadiwe appeals so well to the sense of hearing judging by the way P Prime combines guitar, drums and the piano and how Reekado Banks makes his lyrics double-faced. While Reekado highlights the evils that characterized the particular End Sars protest that took place at Lekki in late 2020, he also takes his time to throw jabs at Burna Boy who had debased him (Reekado) publicly in the same 2020. Again here, P Prime sacrifices synths for excessive guitar solos as experienced on Southy Love.

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7. Loading by Olamide ft. BadBoy Timz

Loading is a song off Olamide’s eleventh studio album released in 2020. Loading too, like Southy Love and Ozumba Mbadiwe, is produced by P Prime. Loading is notable for the energetic deliveries exchanged between Olamide and BadBoy Timz. Loading is built on drumbeats, synths and minimal piano chords. But away from the vibes, Loading is lyrically controversial. The word “loading” as used by BadBoy Timz on the song refers to a particular form of internet fraud. Hence, anyone directly into this is called a “loader” by “Yahoo boys”.

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One may not notice this until Olamide says in the second verse that “Olu gba Yahooze” (Olu made money through Yahoo), a reference to Olu Maintain and his hit single titled Yahooze. Many believed that Olu Maintain and some other artistes of the late 2000s were “Yahoo boys” or internet fraudsters. This isn’t a problem, not until Olamide says “owó opolo lo n san, ki i se eni to laagun” (meaning, they are paying for mental work, not that which brings sweat). This totally downplays “hard work” which is always stressful and sweat-inducing.

Away from the controversial message of the song, Loading is very melodic an Amapiano tune and anyone wouldn’t hesitate to dance to it whenever it plays through the speakers of a DJ.


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