WATCH: Usher grooves to amapiano during magazine shoot in Versace
American singer Usher seems to have caught the amapiano bug after posting a video on social media from his latest magazine shoot.
Appearing on the cover of L'Officiel Hommes Italia, the “LaLaLa” star posted his pictures from the shoot, wearing Comme des Garçons, Louis Vittone menswear, Dior and Versace.
He also posted a video from the shoot and used “Sponono” by Kabza De Small featuring Wizkid, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest and Madumane, which caught the attention of Mzansi.
Local rapper Cassper Nyovest, who is also on the track, shared the video on Twitter saying that amapiano is going global.
“@Usher vibing to Sponono on his Instagram. Mapiano to the world!!!”
Tweeps also shared their excitement for the South African-produced genre being promoted by huge American stars.
Amapiano to the World https://t.co/qLROdpPfaa— Kabelothobejane🇿🇦 (@Kabelo_Thobejan) March 29, 2021
South ahhh to the world🔥 https://t.co/gFWRkAPMkE— Mikateko (@Mika_Ngobeni) March 29, 2021
Love this for you guys ❤️ https://t.co/9JbWigPJ7k— Faith Makhubedu (@MisFaith) March 30, 2021
Usher isn’t the only American artist who has found a love for South African music.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats, who are friends with Black Coffee, have also shown their love for local music.
Last year they celebrated their 10-year anniversary and in a video released on social media – Alicia is seen dancing to Babes Wodumo’s single, “eLamont”.
The single is off her latest album, “Idando Kazi”.
In the video, Alicia dances while her husband, who is recording it, hypes her up in the background.
While dancing, Swizz shouts “show them”, “woza“ and “yebo, washa”.
Once Alicia is done dancing, the couple’s sons, Egypt and Genesis, then dance to the same song.
❤️ Sizwe and MaMkhize are a reason to feel good today pic.twitter.com/R9oAp65S8t— Hlombe (@AndileWentPvt) August 2, 2020
“Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi also shared he love for Mzansi after she posted a video of her listening to “Love You Tonight” by MFR Souls featuring DJ Maphorisa, Sha Sha and Kabza De Small, and captioning her TikTok that she’s “definitely moving to SA”.