Notting Hill Carnival will have its first-ever amapiano stage for 2022
The stage will be hosting seven hours of music this Sunday at Hazelwood Crescent
Notting Hill Carnival will have an entire stage dedicated to amapiano this year, curated by Piano People.
The newly announced stage will bring together amapiano pioneers from South Africa and up-and-coming London artists to bring the sound to the streets of Notting Hill. It will be taking over on Sunday August 28 from 12:PM to 7:PM at Hazelwood Crescent.
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Those who visit the soundsystem and stage will find a special Hennessy bar selling drinks and food from Jollof Mama.
2020's Notting Hill Carnival was the first edition of the event since 1966 to have been cancelled. Alternative arrangements were made, and showcases still took place online.
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Since the last in-person edition of Notting Hill Carnival in 2019, amapiano has taken off as a genre and is now gaining worldwide popularity.
In June, we spoke to amapiano superstars Scorpion Kings about the genre's rise. “Amapiano has really taken everyone by surprise, its remarkable growth around the world is something that is so cool to see, just being part of the evolution is really cool,” DJ Maphorisa said to Mixmag.
“It's South Africa and Africa’s time to really shine and amapiano is here to stay. Amapiano hasn’t even reached its full potential globally, the genre has so many variations at the moment, eg. “Sgija”, and “Tech” piano that is already crossing over but regardless it will always be amapiano."
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While no line-up has been confirmed for the Piano People stage, fans are eager to witness it for themselves at this year's Carnival.
Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter