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Morena Sway tests Amapiano sound

Chris Theko

Afropop music sensation, Morena Sway popular for his high-pitched melodious notes has taken a swing into the current wave of the Amapiano genre. 

This, the singer announced in his latest release which is a build-up to his debut album set for later this year. The track titled ‘Moving On’ was released on June 24, 2022.

The song was produced by a duo of DJs called DeLasounds based in Welkom, Free State, South Africa, also featured on the song.

In an exclusive interview with Newsday, he unpacked his decision to release the single with a completely different identity to what the masses know him for.

The muso stated that he has not changed his sound but that he was rather just proving how versatile he can be as an artist that loves music in all its forms. 

“The song carries with it a completely different sound from what people would expect from Morena Sway. I am definitely not changing my sound, this is just a visit,” he explained.

The Sematsatsa hit-maker indicated that the song was inspired by the classic song ‘For a reason’ produced by South African club and radio DJ Sbu Leope in his 2006 album ‘Y-Lens Vol 1’. 

“The song was inspired by Dj Sbu and it is a flashback of how the music made us feel back in the day. We wanted to take a chance to modernise it into the sound that is mostly listened to today which is Amapiano,” he said.   

Sway is currently working on an album and is not in any hurry to release it. He will be releasing many singles as part of the build-up to the album release.

“My loyal fans and music lovers will keep getting more of the sound they know me for but there are possibilities of other sounds just depending on the influence behind the project,” he said.

In 2021, Morena Sway dropped his debut EP Live Love Africa featuring popular tunes such as ‘Sematsatsa’ ‘Limeta’ and ‘Ke Tsoa Kae’. His lead single ‘Sematsatsa’ did well across the country and transcended Lesotho borders and making waves on some of South Africa’s main radio stations, rising to the fifth spot in the Metro FM top-40 charts.

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