Khanyisa Jaceni

Khanyisa Jaceni plans to show a softer side of amapiano on her upcoming EP, ‘Soft’. Image via Twitter @khanyisa95

TikTok star Khanyisa Jaceni plans to showcase ‘soft’ amapiano on new EP

TikTok star Khanyisa Jaceni hopes to show a ‘softer’ and ‘soulful side of amapiano’ on her upcoming 5-track EP.

Khanyisa Jaceni

Khanyisa Jaceni plans to show a softer side of amapiano on her upcoming EP, ‘Soft’. Image via Twitter @khanyisa95

Khanyisa Jaceni is one of South Africa’s most popular TikTok stars. Jaceni currently has 1.4 million TikTok followers and over 26 million likes on her page. After teaming up with amapiano producers on several tracks, she is ready to go solo and release an EP showing the “softer side” of amapiano.

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26-year-old Khanyisa Jaceni was born and raised in Secunda, Mpumalanga. Before joining TikTok, Jaceni was a computer-aided draughting operator. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she lost her job. 

“Losing my job was really depressing, but like everything else in my life, I try and keep a positive mindset. So, I decided on 2 November 2020 to open a TikTok account. My following grew just by being myself,” she told Sunday World

“I thought I’d slowly introduce myself and then my music, I also use the platform to sing or rather remix the softer English songs into African languages – like the popular Leave the Door Open by Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, which did really well.”


So I sang Bruno Mars sing in isiXhosa #RisingVoices #leavethedooropen

♬ Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic


Jaceni released her first single Bheka Mina Ngedwa featuring Marcus MC and songstress Lady Du after teaming up with Mr JazziQ on Ungangi Bambi

She praised Lady Du saying she was a powerhouse. “I love how she stands up for us girls especially in such a male-dominated industry,” she told IOL

“I feel like she has such a connection with every female amapiano artist. And that’s one thing that kind of made it easier for me to get her on this track because she was like ‘I’m all for it.’”

Jaceni also teamed up with other rising stars on TikTok, Thozi, Sphokuhle. N and PD JOKES to create TikTok Sisonke, a collaboration between the video-sharing app and Def Jam Africa. 


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Jaceni mentioned that she is working on EP to showcase the “softer side of amapiano” titled Soft. She also described it as “the more feminine, sexy, soulful side of amapiano.”

“One thing I’ve always wanted to do is sing on my own amapiano song, so that’s exactly what I’m doing and I’m loving every minute of it.” 

Soft is a 5-track EP that will officially be released on 26 November.