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‘Leave the yanos alone’ — Cassper says amapiano round table show is ‘unnecessary’

26 January 2022 - 11:00 By Constance Gaanakgomo
Cassper Nyovest thinks rankings and lists are what killed hip-hop and would hate for the same thing to happen to amapiano.
Cassper Nyovest thinks rankings and lists are what killed hip-hop and would hate for the same thing to happen to amapiano.
Image: Instagram/ Cassper Nyovest

Rapper Cassper Nyovest is unimpressed with a MTV Base show called Yanos Roundtable that is set to name the hottest amapiano hits of 2021. 

Amapiano was the biggest music genre last year. It survived longer than many thought it would and has gifted Mzansi with new talented celebs. 

Set to put its development into the spotlight and zoom into some personalities that have made the genre what it is, Yanos Roundtable will premier exclusively on MTV Base on January 27 (it will also air at 5.30pm on January 28).

The rapper retweeted their promo video on Tuesday and said he felt another show like this would do more harm than good to a genre and artists who've been thriving without lists or the need to be ranked the best. 

One thing Cassper was impressed by is the unity in the genre. He has shared previously that the amapiano space has an unproblematic culture with no beefs and turf wars. 

“This one is not needed. Very unnecessary, starting rubbish yanos doesn't need. One of the things that killed SA hip-hop. Leave the yanos alone to grow authentic with love and joy. No gatekeepers, no taste makers. Just music and groove.”

The show is explained as an extension of the Hottest MCs list and will celebrate amapiano’s biggest stars of 2021 and the top 10 hits that usually stir up reaction in people. 

The show will be hosted by Tshego Koke. Joining him on the panel is DJ and internet sensation Uncle Waffles, artist manager and businessman Benzo, film director Thando Gift Mokoena, podcaster and creative Blvck Steph and viral star Umbali Wethu.

“Amapiano has pretty much been the soundtrack to our lives over the past few years. You can’t watch TV, log on to social media or go to a club without hearing at least one yanos track and I’m excited to celebrate the best songs of 2021 with the culture's most formidable forces,” said host and MTV Base Culture Squad member Tshego Koke.

The panelists will make their decision based on three criteria: Who broke through, who was streamed and who made us go wild.


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