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Producer bemoans lack of amapiano exposure

BY SHARON SIBINDI

RISING local amapiano producer DJ Truman “Mlilo DePriest” Mlilo has blamed lack of investment and local exposure of the amapiano genre in the country for its failure to match with neighbouring South Africa.

Amapiano is a house music style which has become popular in South Africa and it is considered to be a hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge music characterised by synths, airy pads and wide and percussive basslines.

Locally, few musicians have managed to penetrate the amapiano world, with the likes of Mzoe7 through his Asambeni and Sandra Ndebele-Sibindi composing something for amapiano lovers.

In an interview, Mlilo DePriest said he specialises in tribal drums and sounds, which gave the amapiano sound a more traditional feel along with a guitar and chords.

“I am in love with this genre and I have followed it since its underground days.

“I believe it is the future of music worldwide and I want to be part of that future. There is a certain sound I want to introduce into the genre,” he said. “I have an upcoming extended play titled Club Genesis, which features vocals from Shona and Nyasa which sound great.

“It is expected to drop at the end of May and my target market is local vocalists that will help make the hits.”

Mlilo DePriest, a National University of Science and Technology student, said he was looking forward to live performances from
vocalists.

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