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The Ripple Effect Of Afrobeat Genre On The World

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Afrobeat was first introduced to the world in the 60s by multi instrumentalist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. One could say it was almost the same time the reggae genre was birthed by the trio of Bob Marley, Bunny and enigmatic Peter touch. At that time, the reggae music had more popularity because of its nearness to the western world and it had an infectious grip on the world especially Africa. On the other hand, afrobeat was trying to jostle its way into the international scene as Fela ensured he took the sound international and got the recognition it craved for as at then.

A lot of people fell in love with afrobeat not because of the sound and jazz like appeal but also with the lyrics as it was addressing the ills of the society especially targeted at the military regime of then Nigerian government. So, the elements of revolutionary in the sound made international audience glued to it especially southern Africans during the period of apartheid.

It will be right to say only a handful of the world population had access to the sound compared to what it is now. Towards the late 80s when Hip Hop took the world by storm, there was a bit less interest in aftobeat music not because it was appealing but there were a number of reasons that resulted to the temporal demise of the genre. Firstly, the incessant incarceration of Fela kuti by the Nigerian military government who saw the music as anti government made afrobeat relegate to the Corners for a while. Fela stopped touring and recording albums and had to restrict his performance to his shrine where people came to watch him perform.

Then influx of new artists coming up with new sounds in Nigeria shifted attention from afrobeat. Sounds like Afro juju by sir Shina Peters, Juju music by king sunny Ade, fuji music by Kolington Ayinla, Barrister Ayinde Marshal and the suddens love for reggae music which introduced artist like Majek Fashek, Ras kimono, The Mandators, Blaccky, Ortiz Wiliiki to mention a few. There were also other genre like rhythm and blues, all these made Nigerians most especially turned their backs on afrobeat. Suddenly, there was a renaissance of the sound starting from the early 2000 from group of young talented Nigerians whom were tired of what was happening in the industry.

Presently, the beauty of the rebirth of afrobeat from the new generation of Nigerian artists is that, they were able to recognize the fact afrobeat can be fussed with all other genres of music like rap and R&B and still appeal to the ears. These fussions was evident in the Music made by The Remedies . The Remedies consisted of idris Abdulkareem, Eddie montana and Tony Tetuila. They experimented it in one of their hit song “Judile” you could feel some elements of afrobeat fussed with Hip-hop and afterwards, many other young artists followed suit and a whole new sound was born out of the aftobeat genre.

It was from that pedestal that afrobeat was reintroduced to the world in a more appealing way and thus caught the attention of the world once again. The conscious effort of artist like 2face idibia who had his song played on MTV base for the first time, a platform to sell African music to the world was one of the revolutionary move that metamorphosed afrobeat to the force it is today. The likes of Dbanj and Don jazzy, Psquare, JJC and 419 squad, trybesmen, Maintain all put a lot to put afrobeat on the world map of music. The recognition from MTV music award won by 2face was an eye opener to the fact that the genre has been accepted.

Then the new crop of younger artists into the industry like Wizkid , Davido, Tekno, Kiss Daniel and Burna Boy forced the world to pay more attention. Now you can’t talk about music in the world without mentioning Afrobeat because it is now a force. International artists have seen how afrobeat is spinning like a whirling all around the world are now collaborating with Nigerian singers. Beyonce,Sam smith, Khalid ,Justin Skye Justin Bieber, Sia , Kelly Rowland, R Kelly and many more have all jumped on a collaboration with these musicians. This goes to tell you that afrobeat has come to stay.

Just recently, Burna Boy and Wizkid both picked up a Grammy Award recognition for their afrobeat songs. Now that Grammy has seen Afrobeat as an genre, it only goes to tell you that this is just the beginning seeing that more talented youngies are likewise warming up to take the sound even further than what 2face, dbanj, wizkid and Burna has done.

However, the ripple effect of afrobeat is still oncourse until it gets to the very last corners of the world. Long live Afrobeat and Long Live the continent of Africa.

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Rema Makes It To FIFA22 Playlist For The Second Time

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Nigerian singer Rema has made it to FIFA22 playlist for the second time in a row.

A song he features in alongside JAE5 “Dimension” own by Skepta will feature on FIFA22 official soundtrack.

The “Dumebi” crooner shared the good news on his Instagram, he wrote:

DIMENSION made it to the FIFA22 soundtrack list, it’s a blessing to be on this list 2 years in a row, I’m grateful 🙏🏾⚽️

Last year Rema’s song Beamer and Fireboy’s Scatter made it to the list.

Congratulations to Rema!

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Check Out The Songs On Cheque’s New Album “Bravo”

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Nigerian artiste Cheque also known as Superboy Cheque is set to release his debut album “Bravo” on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Cheque shared the tracklist for this new album via social media. There are 13 tracks all written by Superboy Cheque, mastered by Spax, produced by Andyr, Rhyme Bamz, Lay Z Beat, BeatbyJayy, Zaki Amujei, Getro, Hitsound, Deyjan and Eli.

The album features top music artists including Ayra Starr on “Dangerous“, Jackboy on “No One Else“, Olamide on “LOML” and Fireboy DML on the previously released hit song “History.”

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Tems Signs With RCA Records/ Since ‘93 & Is Announced As Apple Music’s Up Next Artist

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Fast rising Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tems just dropped her new EP “If Orange Was A Place.” The EP release comes with a big announcement of her signing with RCA Records/ Since ‘93 and Tems named as Apple Music’s Up Next artist.

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Tems shared the good news on her social media account. In addition to this, Tems is set to begin her 2021 Fall Tour coming up soon in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago along with a set at Afropunk ATL. We can’t wait to see her ignite the stage on her first U.S. headlining shows!

 

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