Music speaks to the soul, and the soul needs music to feel refreshed all the time, a great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good; that’s exactly how Afrobeat makes you feel.
For some time now, the concept of Afrobeat has been a diet on the table of many African entertainment panelists and Musicologists. The concept of the genre is unique, especially the way it is crafted.
There is always an argument about where the genre emanated, and that’s a topic for another day. Musicologists and other industry key players even at times have diverse opinions anytime they are called upon to share their experience and knowledge.
Legendary Musician, Fella Kuti created Afrobeat in the late ’60s after being inspired by some great African musician from West Africa – It has since been one of the most popular genres in Africa and in the world.
However, after the genre was uncovered, an array of African musicians have tried to carry the mantle across borders seeking to make it a mainstream genre like Jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B, and others but it wasn’t an eye drop.
Ghanaian Young Afrobeat King by name Kelvin Brown, popularly known as KelvynBoy is one of the greatest talents with great vocals when it comes to Afrobeat music – he released his album dubbed ‘TIME’ not too long ago and is one of the dopest Afrobeat album ever produced on the continent. You can verify that on the digital stores.
There are currently several artistes pushing for the icing to always be on the cake and this time around guess what, there’s hope!
80% Songs On Beyoncé’s Album Are Afrobeat
Beyoncé recently featured about 12 African musicians on her already released album titled ‘The Lion King’, ‘The Gift’, a remake of the lion king movie and it was a big deal, actually appeared as a surprise to many, as they never anticipated and foresaw it coming.
African Artistes featured on the Lion King Album are Shatta Wale, Wizkid, BurnaBoy, Mr.Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Tekno among others.
What makes the album idiosyncratic is the fact that 80 percent of the songs are authentic and well-mastered afrobeat tunes cultured in African environment – the Lion King Album, three days after its release got over 2billion streams worldwide.
It didn’t only sell but threw a huge spotlight on the African acts featured, as they got featured and mentioned on thunderous platforms cementing a place for these hardworking acts worldwide.
Davido recently featured Chris brown on his new single dubbed ‘blow my mind’ and it’s an original afrobeat song.
Barely two weeks after Beyoncé’s album, BurnaBoy who got featured on the Lion king album also released his album titled ‘African Giant’ featuring top acts Angelique Kidjo, Future, M.anifest, and a few others – the album, ‘African Giant’ is being streamed all over the globe and being featured on many international platforms sending signals of where Africa is heading in terms of music.
It is better to be late than never, although it is taking Africa a long time to be accepted globally, Afrobeat is bridging the gap – with all these collaborations between African acts and the western acts, clearly superglue African music in the mainstream.
Further information; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrobeat
PAY ATTENTION! Afrobeat is the next big Genre of music to hit the world!