Aymos, a South African singer, aims to bridge the gap between Afro-pop and amapiano.
“‘Piano, ‘piano, asisalali emakhaya ngenxa yakho” (which directly translates to “‘piano, ‘piano, we no longer sleep at home because of you”) are the lyrics that sum up how amapiano has taken over South African nightlife. The line, sung by Aymos, personifies the genre and can be heard on the Scorpion Kings’ (DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small) anthem “eMcimbini.”
“At the time, I was still new to the amapiano scene,” Aymos recalls over the phone, recalling what was going through his mind when he recorded “eMcimbini.” “I’d just met DJ Maphorisa, and he’d invited me to the studio. I wanted to show them (the Scorpion Kings) that I was capable of doing this and that I wanted to work. I didn’t want to blow the opportunity because it was one of my biggest chances to work in the mainstream industry, and I felt like I had to impress them.”
He goes on to explain how the song was inspired by the current generation and “ama 2000” (people born in and/or after the year 2000), including his sister, who sneaked out to go party and didn’t sleep at his house the weekend the song was recorded.
Aymos began singing at church and in a school choir before becoming a dance/house vocalist. His single “Zaka” was originally an Afro-pop song before being remixed by Mas Musiq, Kabza De Small, and DJ Maphorisa to become a ‘piano hit with over two million views on YouTube.