Banaba’Des Image via Instagram banaba.des Shot by @39picturess

Women in amapiano: Meet the dynamic duo Banaba’Des

You might know Banaba’Des from their viral hit ‘Phone Yam’. These two fiery females are ready to take over the music scene one song at a time.


Banaba’Des Image via Instagram banaba.des Shot by @39picturess

Made up of Miss Pammie and Unkle Blue, Banaba’Des is a Pretoria-based amapiano duo who featured on one of the biggest amapiano hits of 2020 Phone Yam, with Alfa Kat. Banaba’Des are a force to be reckoned with in the industry and have shone bright as one of the duos to watch as they plan to dominate the genre! 


Banaba’Des told OkayAfrica that their name was inspired by American girl group Destiny’s Child (Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland). Banaba Destiny translates to Destiny’s Children in Setswana. They settled for Banaba’Des. 

“It fits snuggly with the fact that the term Des’e (which means to be good at something) originates from Pretoria, and we’re both from the city. We both understand its core meaning.”

The pair have a vast range of inspirations. Locally they are inspired by kwaito legends Bongo Muffin, Boom Shaka and Arthur Mafokate while internationally they are inspired by Grammy-nominated rapper Doja Cat. 


Their collaboration with Alfa Kat, Phone Yam, was inspired by the #TililiChallenge on Tik Tok. Phone Yam has more than two million views on YouTube and even though the duo are just featured on the song, it is certainly one of their breakout tracks. 

They’ve also featured on Alfa Kat’s Yebo Malume remix alongside Costa Titch and dropped some bars on Champuru Makhenzo’s all-woman single Danko Zalo 2.0


From Lady Du to DBN Gogo, Boohle and Kamo Mphela, women have contributed so much to amapiano and are constantly making their voices heard. They have contributed to some of the biggest songs in the genre, notably Kamo Mphela in Amanikiniki, DBN Gogo on Khuza Gogo and Boohle on Cassper Nyovest’s Siyathandana

This year will see the first-ever South African Amapiano Music Awards with Kamo Mphela, Lady Du and DBN Gogo all up for the amapiano artist of the year award.

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