‘Afrobeats‘ not to be mistaken for ‘Afrobeat‘ is a term that has existed since 2012, made popular by the media and Africans in diaspora. Now Afrobeats is the most popular term used in representing the modern African pop music.
Differences between Afrobeats and Afrobeat below.
Afrobeat (with no ‘s’) is a genre created very long ago by famous African music legend from Nigeria, Fela Kuti. Afrobeat has since its creation by Kuti grown to become one of the biggest and most loved genres in the Nigerian music industry. The genre today now has both local and foreign music artists infuse its sound in their music.
Afrobeats Definition: Like we mentioned above the term Afrobeats is now today’s most popular term representing the modern African popular music. And Afrobeats definitely is not a genre because there are lots of diverse genres when it comes to African pop music. The term ‘Afropop’ has represented the African popular music for long but the term is becoming ‘almost extinct’. What has brought a bigger global attention to the African pop music since the global-spread of internet has been the African pop songs released in the last decade, setting the year to be 2009 till date.
Artists like D’banj, his then producer Don Jazzy and their now defunct label ‘Mohits’ helped built the new sound and face of African popular music with the popularity of their singles like “Mr Endowed” featuring American act Snoop Dogg, “Give It To Me Now” and D’banj’s most successful hit single till date “Oliver Twist” a song which probably lead to the creation and popularity of the term Afrobeats after it became so successful in the U.K and many other European countries.
Ever since, more attention have been paid to African popular music by foreigners and Africans in diaspora.
After the success of “Oliver Twist” more Nigerian artists like Wizkid, Davido, Iceprince, Tiwa Savage, etc. and other African artists like Fuse ODG, Sarkodie, R2bess, Diamond Platnumz etc. kept pushing the new sound to the western part of the world and they got popular and more popular everyday mostly amidst Africans in diaspora.
Today the term Afrobeats is now popularly used by many to represent not just the Nigerian pop music but West African pop music, East African pop music and Southern Africa pop music.
Some African musicians and journalists have disagreed with the use of the term ‘Afrobeats’ as some believe a new term that just came up in 2012 and popularized in Europe should not be used to represent all African popular music.
Quoting Joey Akan Of Pulse Ng. He has this to say:
“Afrobeats, as the western narrative has termed it, is no genre. Instead what it refers to is the pop music emanating from the growing African music hotbeds of Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, South Africa and many others. When pop music is created in America by Rihanna, it is referred to as ‘Pop’. When it is synthesized in Europe by Rita Ora, Nico & Vinz, and many others, it is still referred to as pop. Why do we then have the term ‘Afrobeats’, limiting our musicians to a concocted misnomer, that Africans had no hand in its creation? Davido, Wizkid, 2face Idibia, and many of our stars create pop music, drawing from the influences in their home country. They have the potential to be greater than pop acts from any part of the world. Labelling their work, and reducing it into a nonexistent genre is limiting, and isn’t a true categorization of their sounds.”
But today Afrobeats is the most popular term in representing the African pop music, and of course Afrobeats is definitely not a genre but a term, a pop slang given to the modern African popular music.
The term is now popular on almost every music platform, from iTunes, to Spotify, Youtube, Tidal and many more.
Afrobeats keeps getting acceptance and approvals everyday and now there are so many successful Afrobeats songs and artists as they seem to be penetrating the foreign markets more and more everyday all the way to continents like Asia.
We have decided to list out for you the best Afrobeats artists that are the most popular as of 2018. The list cuts across artists from all over the world mostly Africa and Europe. Enjoy the list below.
List Of Afrobeats Artists In Recent Years
Nigeria Afrobeats Artists Below
- Yemi Alade
- Tiwa Savage
- Kiss Daniel
- Reekado Banks
- Adekunle Gold
- Seyi Shey
Ghana Afrobeats Artists Below
- Mr Eazi
- Fuse ODG
- Mz Vee
- Shatta Wale
- Joey B
U.K Afrobeats Artists Below
- Maleek Berry
- Yxng Bane
- Afro B
- Naira Maley
East African Afrobeats Artists Below
- Vanessa Mdee
- Diamond Platnumz
- Sauti Sol
South African Afrobeats Artists
- Distruction Boys
- Babes Wodumo
- Nasty C
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