Amapiano acts can earn anything between R50 000 and R200 000 for a gig. Images via Twitter @Kamo_mphelaxx @busta_929

‘Worth every penny’: Amapiano acts can charge up to R200k for a gig

Amapiano has taken the world by storm with some acts reportedly charging R200 000 for a gig. A promotor says the artists are ‘worth every penny’.


Amapiano acts can earn anything between R50 000 and R200 000 for a gig. Images via Twitter @Kamo_mphelaxx @busta_929

Several amapiano artists have shared their extraordinary talents with the rest of the world. Major League DJz, Focalistic, DBN Gogo, Kamo Mphela and Vigro Deep have all performed outside of South Africa’s borders and left their audiences wanting more. 

It is reported that amapiano artists can earn up to R200 000 for a gig! A music promotor says amapiano artists are “worth every penny they charge.”

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Amapiano has risen to become one of South Africa’s most successful genres. The genre has seen the rise of several phenomenal talents and they are certainly reaping the benefits! 

Besides amapiano topping the local music charts, several international artists have collaborated with some of our biggest artists. 

The success of amapiano has sparked collaborations between Focalistic and Nigerian sensation Davido and Lady Du and Nigerian singer Niniola. Jamaican-American R&B muso Masego teamed up with Scorpion Kings Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa on an amapiano remix of his single Mystery Lady

Speaking on the success of the genre, Rolling Stone’s Mankaprr Conteh writes: “A promising sign of amapiano’s potential for global impact is its popularity across Africa and particularly Nigeria, which is emerging as the world’s fastest-growing entertainment and media market.” 


Vusa Mkhaya is a Zimbabwean singer-songwriter based in Austria. The 47-year-old producer revealed that amapiano artists are scoring big bucks. Mkhaya mentioned that this could be because of the content they created during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“Amapiano artists were busy creating and feeding the world new music using their social media pages. So when the world opened up, people all over the world were hungry and still are for live entertainment,” Mkhaya told News24

Music promotor Adias Moyo, who has travelled with some of amapiano’s biggest stars around Africa, revealed that amapiano DJs charge between R50 000 to R200 000 per show. 

“An average amapiano artist commands a crowd of at least 2 000 revellers. People pay top dollar for outside South Africa for a good time.”

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Kamo Mphela is known for her energetic dance moves and electric stage presence. It was revealed that Kamo Mphela’s booking fee is R35 000. This amount does not include travel expenses and accommodation. 

Above the hefty R35 000 price tag, Kamo Mphela will require flights or transport for five people: herself, her manager, two dancers and a DJ. 

Busta 929 is best known for his work on Umsebenzi Wethu featuring the late Mpura and Beke Le Beke featuring Zuma. It was reportedly that Busta 929 charged R50 000 to perform “locally” and R20 000 to perform outside of the province. 

In June, TheYanos noted that booking Mpura, rapper Malome Vector and Busta 929 would cost R40 000. Booking DJ Maphorisa, Big Zulu and Busta 929 would cost R76 000.