Johannesburg, South Africa – Wednesday, 23 June 2021 – DJ Stokie’s iPiano e’Soweto music video reimagines infiltration of the yanos.
MAMA nominated, DJ Stokie has released his debut music video of the year with iPiano e’Soweto, featuring Daliwonga and Nia Pearl. The single is the surprise runaway hit from his debut album My Journey. The iPiano eSoweto music video is a follow up of the over 2 million viewed Superman music video featuring DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small.
Continuing to push the visuals limits explored with Amapiano music videos, DJ Stokie teamed up with leading music video director NiGEL to shoot the iPiano e’Soweto visuals. The premise of the music video is a suggestion of how Amapiano came to infiltrate the country.
Already established in his iPiano e’Soweto documentary that the yanos originated from the Eastrand, the documentary also helps confirm that it was the community of Soweto and DJ Stokie who became recognized as, pioneers and tastemakers of the sound. The visuals imagine DJ Stokie as a kingpin running a syndicate of bandits spreading the gospel of Amapiano.
Daliwonga and Nia Pearl feature as the right-hand man and woman, with Daliwonga attempting to breakaway. But the crooner keeps being called back to Amapiano in Soweto.
The music video is available on YouTube. Click here.
About iPiano e’Soweto:
i’Piano e’Soweto delves into the latest exploration in advancing Amapiano; how to sample iconic singles but staying within the genre. Sampling Brenda Fassie’s 1991 hit “Ngiyakusaba” which is originally Jomanda’s 1991 hit single, “Got a Love for You (Hurley’s House Mix).” Instrumentally DJ Stokie blends the known referential beat with the signature amapiano percussion signifying the genre of the new single.
Lyrically, Daliwonga and Nia Pearl pay homage to one of the homes that birthed the yanos; Soweto. The two provide not only a song that pays homage to the biggest township in the country. But it details the experience and culture of Amapiano- not only sonically but captures the lifestyle thereof too.
About My Journey:
Following his well-received “Amapiano Movement Vol. 1” album, Soweto-born DJ and producer DJ Stokie delivers his highly anticipated sophomore “My Journey”. With a notable remix of “Ungowami” featuring Uhuru, Dj Maphorisa and Wizkid bound to set dancefloors alight, Stokie expands his sound with various elements added to his signature soulful iteration of AmaPiano. Frequent collaborator Kabza De Small makes several contributions to the 24-track long project, while we’re served a feast of melodies, rhythms and instrumentation traversing several subsets of house across the album. From the jazzy single “Superman” featuring Madumane and Master Piece to the rap-tinged “Ubusuku” with man-of-the-moment Focalistic, we’re treated to DJ Stokie’s increasingly influential interpretation of AmaPiano.
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