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Kamo Mphela (Queen of Amapiano) Takes South African Music by Storm

Amapiano is a trending music genre in South Africa. However, in 2019 when Kamo Mphela posted a viral video of her fascinating dance steps on social media, people were left with no option but to nickname her the ‘Queen of Amapiano.’

Kamo Mphela was born in Durban on the 29th of November, 1999, and grew up in Mndeni, Soweto, South Africa. Upon completing her high school at Kibler Park High School, she went to Boston Media House to study Media studies.

She had to click a pause on her studies after year one (though she has plans of continuing) as her singing and dancing career is recently taking her place.

Kamo Mphela started performing on live stages at four years old through the support of her father, who works in collaboration with the YMF youth radio station in Johannesburg.

She is presently the youngest female musician in South Africa. After her 2019 fame, people doubted if she could maintain it, and yes, she did!

After her deal with the Major League Music twin DJs in 2019, she released her Extended Play (EP) ‘Twentee.’ She didn’t stop there as she released her hit single titled ‘Nkulunkulu’ on the 26th of March, 2021.

‘Nkulunkulu’ YouTube video already reached over one million views in a couple of months after its release.

Just a month ago, on the 4th of September, 2021, Kamo Mphela took Ampiano and South African music to the United Kingdom, where she performed at the Ama Fest.

She has also been touring across Swaziland, Nairobi, Botswana, Kenya, and Lesotho, doing what she knows how to do best – singing and dancing.

Over the years, he has featured in top songs, including in Bontel Smith, Focalsitic, and performed at Ultra and Fill Up events.

Among the list of her songs are ‘Menemene’ and ‘Suka Emabozen’ and ‘SBWL’ in collaboration with Busiswa. Radio stations in South Africa played SBWL as their No 1 for a very long time.

Our star choreographer, singer, and dancer look up to idols like the late Michael Jackson and Beyonce to make her music.

She won the 2021 Best Amapiano Dance Act and Amapiano artist of the year prizes at the SA Ampiano Music Awards.

She got a nomination at the 2021 South Africa Music Awards for Record of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

Kamo Mphela presently has a pending nomination for the 27th of November 2021 at the Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards (MKHM Awards) for Best Music Video, Best Collaboration, and Best Ampiano Song.

She also has other pending nominations at the 2021 All Africa Music Awards for Best Female Artist in South Africa and the Best Newcomer at the African Musik Magazine Awards.

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