Amapiano places EeQue on a high horse

It has glinted a cultural revolution. He is making gaga female aficionados not to think twice about throwing their intimate garments on stage. It has coalesced tonal pattern protagonists from every nook of the earth. He is causing anthem crazes to sleep with their dancing shoes on. And since the thrilling musical genre, hatched in the jingly townships of South Africa, has excelled metes to transform into a trilled testament to Africa’s barmy artistry; his are vocals of an explosive pitch — “ripple effected” in this syrupy escapism!

It has glinted a cultural revolution. He is making gaga female aficionados not to think twice about throwing their intimate garments on stage. It has coalesced tonal pattern protagonists from every nook of the earth. He is causing anthem crazes to sleep with their dancing shoes on. And since the thrilling musical genre, hatched in the jingly townships of South Africa, has excelled metes to transform into a trilled testament to Africa’s barmy artistry; his are vocals of an explosive pitch — “ripple effected” in this syrupy escapism! 

For EeQue’s sake, Leago Sinclair Moganedi is the hunk behind the moniker of an explosive singer as well as writer — with a “well packaged hum” outmaneuvering the calculus in kicks, taps and notes; tripping across the sphere of ginormous Latin, Electronica, Afro-Cuban, jazz funk, soca, reggae, blues, world, hip-hop, rock, soul as well as pop — oeuvre joints.

Besides baking up greasy donuts that have become a part of a worldwide phenomenon, EeQue — the ‘Concrete Jungle’ EP (extended play) — terminator; has taken the lion’s share of a cast of colossus Quislings, causing a “step up the ladder” on verse lines — bedded in swaying beats of a native sonic chef-d’oeuvre diam.

‘Kilimanjaro’, ‘Tshwala Bam’ (over 100 million streams across DSPs), ‘Khekheleza’ (over 2.7 million streams), ‘Zotata’ (over 7 million streams), ‘Le Tin’, ‘Wena My Dali’ (over 3.2 million streams), and ‘Yahyuppiyah’ (over 19 million streams) — are among behemoth berceuse whips; brewed in the heart as well as soul of the “rainbow nation”, that got EeQue’s good-as-possibly-can pipes, rocking up infectious chords.

EeQue getting serious about exploding his singable bomb; to date his endeavours have seen him tag team with some of the biggest artists in South Africa — namely rapper Focalistic, Pabi Cooper a dancer musician, M.J a vocalist and storyteller, Amapiano DJ as well as record producer Mr JazziQ, multi-platinum artist Ch’cco, Kid X a rapper, Justin99 and Pcee philharmonic artists, as well as Swazi-born Disc Jockey Uncle Waffles.

Goliath pedigreed! Depicted — in the design of a hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge euphony characterised by synths, airy pads as well as sweeping percussive bass-lines — to seize the point in time and squeeze it into a “light bulb bit”; for a chaste to the highest degree often than not referenced to, as a “dark continent”.

E’er about what it would do, anti to what the “CNN effect” — a theory playing up the importance of global television networks, as determinants of actions policymakers take and outcomes of events — gives tongue to; albeit, whether not the hypothesis is the straw that broke the camel’s back, or preferably a bona fide influence peddler of a high-hanging fruit: this hulk of a muscular genre, known on a first name basis as Amapiano, is not budging at all! Not spinning in a hamster wheel, it reigns supreme “against all odds”, as the all but glorious popular hashtag on TikTok — a video-focused social networking service.

Thereupon, a fortnight after its trail blazing nascence on February 23 of this 12-month; TitoM as well as Yuppe’s banger termed ‘Tshwala Bam’ — boasted an awe-inspiring array of accomplishments and unparalleled triumph. EeQue as well as S.N.E’s tap on this thunder lullaby, underscores the former’s talent and the latter’s creativity; as the number above as well as beyond continues to zoom: breaking records and entrancing audiences intercontinental.

From reigning supreme on Apple Music (South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria) to astonishingly walking tall on Spotify (South Africa as well as Nigeria) — ruling the roost on YouTube, iTunes and Audiomack in Mzansi; ‘Tshwala Bam’ interprets Amapiano’s broad-brimmed magic spell! Besides landing at will on Shazam Africa: sitting on position 1 in South Africa as well as shooting from the hip in several countries; the hit has on Shazam International clinched prominence across the planet — calling the shots in the UK, the US, Canada and Morocco.

‘Tshwala Bam’ rewriting the rules of Amapiano; the canon has been prominently featured on key playlists, as seen on the Swedish audio streaming as well as media service provider — Spotify’s ‘African Heat’, ‘African Heat Cover’, and ‘Barca Connect’.

Unshakable on remixes of monolithic birdcalls, like South African musician as well as record producer Master KG’s ‘Jerusalema’, and Nigerian singer as well as librettist Asake’s ‘Sungba’; Grammy-winning singer and lyricist Burna Boy, recently hopped on the “out now” — visual companion piece accompanied — official remix of ‘Tshwala Bam’. Since being whelped, slightly over a fortnight today; the cleverly arranged as well as mastered blend of cadence and cantabile, has achieved noteworthy milestones.

In any case debuting at position 1 on Spotify Nigeria Charts on release day (making it a first, as well as in truth astronomical for an Amapiano auditory sensation); the remix to ‘Tshwala Bam’ would grab top spot on Apple Music Nigeria within 48 hours. By smashing the galactic streaming peak of a remix on Spotify Nigeria in 2024 with 255 000 daily streams; this spic-and-span toil of tempo — puffy with jazzy basses — surmounted the previous record of 209 000 streams, by the remix of the crooning lilt termed ‘Twe Twe’, featuring Davido a vocalist as well as composer.

Fresh off walking away with a Metro FM — South African Broadcasting Corporation owned national radio station — Best Viral Challenge award; TitoM opined his inflammation in attentiveness to the a la mode Quislingism: “To surpass the success of the original, we sought a collaborator with both global appeal and a commitment to enhancing the song’s original vibe. Burna Boy was the perfect fit.”

A graphic yummy feast filmed in Lagos, Nigeria; the means of telling through cinematic to the brisk up-to-the-second version of the noisier jam, was directed by The Alien. Alike, the editing as well as directing maverick behind standout music videos for superstars like Davido — who is also super wizardly behind the boards as a record producer, Teni a vocalist, songster and entertainer, Wizkid a singer as well as songsmith, and Burna Boy — who is likewise a “whale” of a record producer; captures with “distinction”, the Lagos backdrop that adds authenticity and depth. Crisply highlighting the city’s bustling ambiance as well as rich cultural scenery!

The mania for melody implanted in his DNA intemperately, Yuppe divulged: “Working with Burna Boy was both nerve-wracking and exhilarating. He was accommodating and ensured a comfortable collaborative environment. The visuals are as vibrant and dynamic as the song itself. The video perfectly captured the spirit of our collaboration.”

‘Tshwala Bam’ amassing an unprecedented 11.5 billion TikTok views; in the ticker of the Amapiano gyration EeQue, S.N.E, TitoM, as well as Yuppe have unleashed a seismic wave, which — Afro-fusion maestro — Burna Boy fully plumps for.

“Jumping on the ‘Tshwala Bam’ remix was a no-brainer for me. Pure fire — it’s more than just music! It’s a fusion of our vibrant cultures. We’re celebrating this beautiful, universal language that connects us all! It’s a track that resonates with everyone, and I’m thrilled to bring my energy to it and connect with fans in a whole new way,” Burna Boy said.

  • Grant Moyo is a prolific writer, innovative media personality, entrepreneur and a creative artist who is passionate about using his creative mind for the betterment of society.  Follow him on X: @TotemGrant

Related Topics