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DJ Maphorisa adamant that amapiano is bigger than gqom music

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DJ Maphorisa, one half of Scorpion Kings, sparked debate when he suggested that amapiano has a wider reach than gqom music, which originated in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

DJ Maphorisa was embroiled in a heated exchange with gqom music lovers on Thursday, 28 May 2020. The exchange began after DJ Maphorisa posted a cheeky tweet about amapiano music never losing its relevance, resulting in a Twitter user claiming that the DJ had said the same thing about gqom music in the past.

DJ Maphorisa replied by stating that gqom is only relevant in KwaZulu-Natal, while amapiano is “nationwide.” His reply led to a back-and-forth exchange, further prompting an argument over the origins of gqom music. The argument escalated when a follower brought in internationally recognised producer, DJ Lag, and his international influence as a gqom DJ.

One of the other notable tweets was from a follower who seemed to reiterate DJ Maphorisa’s point of gqom still being popular in Durban. The DJ concurred, stating that he still “gigs a lot in Durban.”

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Sabelo Makhubo
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