Just thought I’d help y’all with some afrobeat history.
Afrobeat is a music style which developed in the 1970s out of a combination of traditional Nigerian and Ghanaian music, highlife, and American funk and jazz, with a focus on chanted vocals and percussion. It was during the days of the 1970s, a decade or so after Nigeria’s Independence did the term or music genre called afrobeats evolve and become more popular. This wonderful afrobeats music genre was created and made more popular by non other than the legendary crooner himself, Fela Anikulapo Kuti – The baba himself.
Fela started the afrobeats genre with his Egypt 80 band, after he returned from his sojourn/studies abroad, where he went to learn music. He came back and mixing his musical experience with the local music genres found in some parts of West Africa, including Ghana and Togo, to form afrobeats genre.
Due to the Harsh military government then in the 1990s, Fela was later to form the kalakuta republic AKA African Shrine, where men from all works of life were free to come express themselves and their rights to freedom from all forms of repression. Fela died in the 1990s from the dreaded AIDS syndrome.
Afrobeats has Fuji, heavy Nigerian drumbeats and highlife infused into it. And has been having lots of variations of recent including afro hip-hop and even afro carribean. Afrobeats makes great soul music when mixed with the right lyrics and instrumentals. There you have it, a lil afrobeat history for y’all to digest and know where it all started.
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