Spotify honours 10 years of Amapiano, pop's most influential music genre, with A Decade of Amapiano campaign.

In the world of music, few genres have surged as spectacularly as Amapiano, originating from the vibrant townships of South Africa and now commanding a global stage. This infectious dance genre has not only captivated millions worldwide but also reshaped music culture as we know it.

Amapiano’s journey from local phenomenon to global sensation is underscored by staggering statistics. In 2023 alone, the genre amassed over 1.4 billion streams on Spotify, marking a monumental achievement in its relatively short history. This surge in popularity was bolstered by its unique blend of kwaito, deep house, and jazz influences, coupled with infectious beats and soulful melodies.

The genre’s influence transcends mere numbers; it has sparked a global frenzy, from viral dance challenges to inspired global collaborations. Recognising its impact, Spotify has launched A Decade of Amapiano, a comprehensive initiative commemorating the genre’s evolution. This includes a dedicated on-platform destination featuring pivotal playlists and podcasts, inviting listeners to delve into Amapiano’s origins, sounds, and future trajectories.

The COVID-19 pandemic served as a catalyst for Amapiano’s exponential growth on Spotify. From hitting its first 100 million streams in 2020 to reaching an impressive 300 million streams in 2021, the genre’s ascent mirrored its burgeoning popularity globally. This growth trajectory underscores its resonance with listeners worldwide, reflecting a deep-seated connection to its rhythms and narratives.

Launching on June 14, A Decade of Amapiano coincides with South Africa’s Youth Day on June 16, a poignant tribute to the country’s youth and their pursuit of freedom. Amapiano has become more than just music; it’s a platform for expression, amplifying voices, aspirations, and resilience among the youth—a testament to its cultural significance.


Spotify’s commitment to Amapiano’s growth is evident through the initiative. This platform not only celebrates the genre’s milestones but supports homegrown African music, fostering a vibrant musical ecosystem.

Spotify’s commitment extends beyond digital platforms. The platform will host a week-long international tour, uniting media and influencers from diverse regions – South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Brazil, Egypt, France, USA, and the UK – to trace Amapiano’s origins and explore its global journey. This initiative underscores Amapiano’s role as a cultural bridge, uniting listeners across continents.

Key data highlights reveal Amapiano’s meteoric rise on Spotify:


– A remarkable 345,000%+ growth in streams from 2014 to 2023.

– Over 855 million streams were recorded in 2024 alone, indicating sustained global appeal.

– A 153,000%+ growth in international exposure since 2014, underscoring its global reach.

– An 87% increase in female artists contributing to the genre’s evolution from 2022 to 2023.

– A demographic breakdown shows that 40% of Amapiano listeners are aged between 18 – 24 years, highlighting its appeal among youth globally.


Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Head of Music in Sub-Saharan Africa, encapsulates the genre’s impact, sharing, “One of the most affirming parts of watching Amapiano explode over the past decade is seeing how people use it for self-expression.”

As A Decade of Amapiano unfolds on Spotify’s For The Record and its dedicated on-platform destination, it invites enthusiasts to celebrate the genre’s past, present, and future. Amapiano’s ascendancy from South African townships to global stages is not just a musical evolution but a testament to the power of rhythm and community in shaping modern pop culture.

Amapiano’s trajectory exemplifies music’s ability to transcend borders, unite diverse cultures, and pave the way for new artistic expressions. As the genre continues to evolve, its journey on Spotify stands as a testament to its enduring impact on the global music landscape.