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'This Is Amapiano' (Documentary) : DIRECTOR'S CUT BBC Africa



From the streets of South Africa to dance floors around the world, Amapiano is one of the fastest growing new music genres.

A new documentary ‘This is Amapiano’ tells the story of the genre to date, including the crucial role that viral dance challenges on Tik Tok have played in its global spread. #Amapiano generated over one billion views (1,6bn) on Tik Tok in 2021, with global streams on Spotify’s AmaPiano spotlight playlist increasing by 116%.

Kutloano Nhlapo AKA DJ Da Kruk is a South African DJ, Producer & Presenter who has been pushing Amapiano on his radio show since the early days and spoke to the most important DJs, artists and producers in the scene.

IN MEMORY
Khanya Hadebe AKA The Voice
Sakhile Hlatshwayo AKA Killer Kau
Thando Khunjwa AKA TD
Thando Sibisi AKA DJ Tot
Mongezi Stuurman AKA Mpura

PRESENTER
Kutloano Nhlapo

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Izzy Fleming

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Kate Moore

SOUND MIX
5a Studios

GRADE
Priory Post

SOUTH AFRICA CAMERA CREW
Barnaby Mitchell
Nigel Stöckl

LONDON CAMERA CREW
Nyasha Michelle
Sam Adigun Ade
Cebo Luthuli

SOUND RECORDIST
David Seapose

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Elphas Kgatle

LOCATION ASSISTANT
Fanele Simelane

DRIVER
David Mamorobela

TRANSLATOR
Mathiba Molefe

RESEARCHER
Mbali Ndhlovu
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Tuscani Walsh

MUSIC RIGHTS EXECUTIVES
Maddie Hennessy
Danny Neale

WITH THANKS TO
Afro Nation Portugal
Amafest
Front / Back Accra
Getty Images
Heavens Digital
House Of Yanos Dubai
Lawk Communications
Makubenjalo Diepkloof
Motion Array
Pianofest Nairobi
Seriti Films
Soweto’s Finest Dance Studio
Tales of the Cool
The Balcony Mix Africa
Tik Tok Africa

MUSIC

Adiwele (2021) – Young Stunna ft. Kabza de Small

All of This (2021) – Jorja Smith, GuiltyBeatz

Ama Number Ayi ’10 (2021) – Cassper Nyovest ft. LuuDadeejay, Kammu Dee, Abidoza

Banyana (2021) DJ Maphorisa, Tyler ICU ft. Daliwonga, Sir Trill

Champion Sound (2021) – Davido, Focalistic

Dakiwe (2020) DBN Gogo, Lady Du ft. Mr JazziQ, Seekay, Busta 929

Dipatje Tsa Felo (2021) – Felo Le Tee & Myztro ft. Daliwonga

Ghost (2022) Kamo Mphela ft. Felo Le Tee

iPiano (2021) – Kamo Mphela, Sha Sha ft. Felo le Tee

Jabula (2020) – Daliwonga ft. Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa & Mkeys

John Vuli Gate (2020) – Mapara A Jazz ft. Colano, Ntosh Gazi

Ke Star (2020) – Focalistic ft. Davido, Vigro Deep

Khuza Gogo (2021) – DBN Gogo, MasterBlaq, Blaqnick ft. Ama Avenger, Mpura, M.J.

Kwela Swing Time – A.G Magwaza

Ngwana Mani (2021) Felo Le Tee

Superman (2020) DJ Stokie ft. Kabza De Small, Masterpiece YVK, Madumane

Umshini (2021) Dlala Regal ft. Scotts

Wena (2020) Dj Stokie ft. Nia Pearl, Bongza & MDU aka TRP

Yaba Buluku (2021) – DJ Tarico, Burna Boy

66 (2021) – Felo Le Tee & Myztro

DIRECTOR
Marcel Lawson

FILM EDITORS
Marcel Lawson
Mads Nybo Jorgensen

PRODUCER
Kevyah Cardoso

PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE
Nayantara Gauba

SPECIAL THANKS
Princess Abumere

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Faron Mackenzie
Jameisha Prescod
Joe Harland
Marko Zoric
Miriam Quansah
Vara Szajkowski

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