Carefree Joy: Piano People and the Amapiano Experience in London

Amidst the busy bank holiday one event stood out in London, ‘Piano People’. 

Stepping into their realm, you’re greeted not just by soulful beats and south african melodies, but by an atmosphere of unparalleled freedom. It’s a carefree night where the only thing that matters is the music pulsating through your veins.

As I navigate through the crowds with my camera in hand, I’m met with smiles and understanding nods. There’s a sense of camaraderie among attendees, a shared appreciation for the music and the freedom to express oneself without inhibition. Groups of friends gather in circles, lost in the groove, while others showcase their best moves inspired by their favourite routines.

What sets Piano People apart is not just its music, but its ethos. Led predominantly by women, both on stage and behind the scenes, it’s a refreshing departure is probably why the nights are constantly filled with a stress free atmosphere. 

It’s curated nights with mainly female acts, this inclusivity extends to its commitment to showcasing overlooked talent, bridging the gap between continents, cultures.

And amidst it all, there’s an undeniable sense of relaxation in the air. Whether you’re swaying to the rhythm or simply soaking in the vibes, Piano People offers a haven where you can truly let loose and be yourself.

Looking ahead, the future of Piano People shines bright, with plans for an outdoor festival dedicated solely to Amapiano in August, headlined by one of it’s pioneers  ‘Scorpion Kings’. 

It’s an exciting chapter in the journey of a community united by their love for music and their dedication to keeping the spirit of Amapiano alive and thriving.

By Cebo Luthuli