What Is Afro Beat Music?

Written by on November 10, 2017

If you’ve followed artists such as Davido, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale,Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide and etc , you’ve heard the term “Afro Music” used often.  So what is this recent buzz about type of music?

Over the past year,Afro Music music has become the fastest growing genre of music. The overall music production of this genre consists of elements taken from predominantly Africa music , High-life, DANCE-HALL , Hip Hop, House and Dubstep. This new style of music has been making quite a buzz in the music industry with new producers, dj’s and artists popping up daily.

This pairing of Afro Music  and Hip Hop has turned out to be quite the perfect match. Two genres that had previously been on completely different sides of the spectrum are now working together to bring a new energy and sound to the club scene. We now have Hip Hop producers/artists working with Afro Music producers creating an exciting new genre of music.

The question that now looms for Afro Music is whether it will have any longevity. Is this just another trend that will fade away? Does this genre of music have what it takes to last for years to come?

I feel that Afro Music has the potential to last. I feel this way based off the fact that the genre has roots in High-life, African music, dance-hall, Hip Hop. Because of this, there are familiar sounds used in its production that can be recognized by even the newest listeners. Nightclubs are a good way to gauge any given genre of music. Dj’s will play music that keeps the energy levels high in nightclubs. Afro Music might be relatively new in the clubs, but many of the sounds used in its production come from African Music, Dance-hall , High-life, Hip Hop tracks that have been playing in clubs for years.


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