Kabza De Small

Kabza De Small has been honoured with a billboard in Times Square, New York. Images via Twitter @KabzaDeSmall_

‘King of Amapiano’: Kabza De Small honoured with Times Square billboard

In celebration of his new album, ‘King Of Amapiano II Part 1’, Spotify honoured Kabza De Small with a billboard in New York! Take a look…

Kabza De Small

Kabza De Small has been honoured with a billboard in Times Square, New York. Images via Twitter @KabzaDeSmall_

Award-winning amapiano star Kabza De Small released his new album, King Of Amapiano II Part 1, on Thursday 16 June. Mzansi has praised the producer and DJ for his exceptional album featuring some of South Africa’s brightest voices. In celebration of the album, Spotify has honoured the Abelele hitmaker with a billboard in Times Square, New York. 

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‘KING OF AMAPIANO II PART 1’

Kabza De Small’s new album, King Of Amapiano II Part 1 features the likes of Young Stunna, Ami Faku, Daliwonga, DJ Maphorisa, Felo Le Tee and many more. The album is a follow-up to the producer’s 2020 album, I Am The King Of Amapiano.

Speaking on the rise of amapiano, Kabza De Small said the genre was for the youth. 

“Amapiano is not something that was involved with a lot of things. Like now, this is when they are starting to brand amapiano,” said the producer. 

“Amapiano development on its own, do you understand? You must know, like labels and stuff… We started this thing from scratch. There wasn’t too much sampling and stuff; those things are only starting now. It’s something that was innovated.”

SPOTIFY BILLBOARD IN NEW YORK 

Kabza De Small has been chosen as the cover artist for Spotify’s global mint playlist in celebration of African sounds. The curated playlist features some of the biggest global dance hits from across the globe. 

Kabza De Small has also been honoured with a billboard in the centre of New York’s Times Square. 

“We’re so honoured to platform Kabza and his work in his way,” said Spotify’s Head of Music for Sub-Saharan Africa, Phiona Okumu. 

“And as part of commemorating such a deeply significant day for the African diaspora as Juneteenth (18 June), we’re celebrating not only Kabza’s musical innovation but the ingenuity and global influence of Black cultural creation across the globe.” 

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SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATES KABZA DE SMALL 

South Africans have taken to Twitter to praise Kabza De Small following his new album release. 

“Kabza is who he thinks he is, king of amapiano. The album is perfect,” wrote one tweep.

“Witnessing Kabza evolve musically must be one of the greatest things. His emotional piano really be hits!” wrote another tweep.  

“Kabza De Small is really the King. All that other stuff aside, there’s no competition for this broer. Give him his flowers, ASAP.”