Afrobeat? 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 panellists 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 musicians from Ghana and It has since been one of the most popular music 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 hasn’t been easy even though the foundation has been built.
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 great Afrobeat albums ever produced on the continent. You can verify that on the digital stores.
There are currently several artistes pushing for Afrobeat music to go global; the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi KelvynBoy are among a few of the artists who are seriously releasing records to make it happen.
80% of 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 which was a big deal, actually appeared as a surprise to many, as they never anticipated it.
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 per cent of the songs are authentic and well-mastered afrobeat tunes cultured in an African environment – the Lion King Album, three days after its release got over 2billion streams worldwide.
It didn’t only sell in terms of revenue but shed a huge spotlight on the African acts featured, as they got featured and mentioned on thunderous platforms which will globally affect their craft in a positive way.
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 ‘Lion king’ 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 and featured all over the globe and on many international platforms, sending signals of where Africa is heading with our 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 happening between African and western acts, Afrobeat is gradually attaining world status.