Former ‘Idols SA’ judge is a fan of amapiano after turning his back on the genre. Image via Twitter @somizi

‘I apologise’: Somizi praises amapiano after ‘sleeping’ on the genre [watch]

‘I profusely apologise for thinking you are just a gimmick’: Somizi sings amapiano’s praises after ‘sleeping’ on the genre.


Former ‘Idols SA’ judge is a fan of amapiano after turning his back on the genre. Image via Twitter @somizi

The amapiano genre has been praised for its authenticity and originality by music lovers around the world. The genre has grown to exceptional heights over the past few years and Somizi Mhlongo has given amapiano his nod. 

The former Idols SA judge apologised for being “forward” about amapiano calling it “artistically intelligent”. 

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Before the growth of amapiano, many thought the genre would not make it as far as it has today and it seems Somizi Mhlongo was one of those people! 

The 48-year-old choreographer had a jam session in his car and blasted Young Stunna’s Adiwele before admitting that he has been “sleeping” on the amapiano genre. 

“Wow…Take me to church,” he said. 

“Lyrically, beatically, musically…It is artistically intelligent. The content guys. The everything…”

“The originality, the authenticity. The proudly South African-nes in this genre… I profusely apologise for thinking you are just a gimmick. You are not a gimmick.”


In his video message, Somizi referred to a “Msholozi” but left everyone wondering who he might have been referring to as former president Jacob Zuma isn’t necessarily an amapiano artist. 

DJ Maphorisa asked Somizi which Msholozi he was talking about to which Somizi responded: “The one and only Pablo”, which still leaves us guessing…

Somizi and Maphorisa have always had a great relationship. The two always comment on each other’s posts leaving each other in stitches. 

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The media personality was recently banned from Zimbabwe due to his sexual orientation. He was set to appear as a guest chef at the reopening of Garwe Restaurant in Harare.

The Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe wrote a letter to the President’s office strongly suggesting that he should not be allowed into the country. 

The former Idols SA judge has been “living his best life” after his separation from his estranged husband Mohale Motaung. 

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday 17 November, Somizi shared that he was shooting an advert in Sun City, North West.