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Throughout the years of my being a Professional Music Producer / Sound Engineer, I’ve come across many situations where people find it hard to believe that an Afrobeat Beat Maker can also produce other genres of music like hip-hop, r n b, pop etc. To be honest, I’m fed up with all this bruhaha. Then again, sadly this same misconception applies to just about every producer out there, I’m just zeroing in on the Afrobeat music scene on this article. But I guess I’ll have to just get used to it as this annoying and confusing trend doesn’t look to be dying off anytime soon.
Afrobeat Vs Afrobeats ?
In truth, there is no “Afrobeats” genre. Only Afrobeat, created by Fela Kuti, and passed on through generations as an African identity. Pop music in Africa, by Africans, for the world is “Pop Music”
These days the term ‘Afrobeat’ has gotten a new meaning internationally, with the penetration of African pop music, and the widespread need for international pop acts to lean on it for inspiration, and new direction.
Wizkid collaborated with Drake and Kyla for the chart-topping song ‘One Dance’ which has co-production contributions from DJ Maphorisa and Sarz. Alicia Keys’ return to mainstream music with her single ‘In common’ has been touted to have drum elements of Nigerian Afrobeat Music. So also have countless materials from rappers and pop acts being fused with sonic elements originating from the shores of the Black Continent.
Need a few songs to help kickstart your Afrobeat Genre Journey? this short list should suffice.
It’s no doubt the Afropop / Afrobeat Genre is having a moment.
The overly popular (and diverse) music bubbling out of Africa has caught the ears of not only those in the African continent, but the diaspora as ably, spawning collaborations along as well as popular artists along in the midst of Drake and Machel Montano. Essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah once said that Bobby Shmurda’s Shmoney dance “collapsed Flatbush to the islands to Africa in 15 seconds.” Well, Afropop music is sending that ancestral energy back across the Atlantic and the result is refreshingly defining.