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Afrobeats Comes to America

Afrobeats is the new urban music of Africa. Not to be confused with the funky sound of the ‘70s in Nigeria (Afrobeat), Afrobeats (with an “s”) is 21st century dance pop, with a wide variety of programmed beats, rapping and singing, stylistic use of Auto-Tuned vocals, and catchy pop hooks. The music is part of a brave new media world where Nigeria is listening to South Africa, Kenya is listening to Angola, Ghana is listening to Tanzania, and Africans in the diaspora are listening to all of it. In 2016, large scale Afrobeats concerts were staged in Brooklyn and Houston, and greeted by large young rapturous crowds. In this program we hear the new sounds of Lagos, Nairobi, Angola and beyond and talk with artists and others about the thrilling rise and unfolding future of the newest African pop. Produced by Sean Barlow.

Afrobeats Comes to America: Playlist


One Africa Music Fest: Showcasing the Rise of Afrobeats


One Africa Music Fest, Houston Edition: A Photo Essay



  • Brother Rabbit

    Programmed beats, auto tuned vocals… What’s not to dislike?

    • yakidding

      yeah, and trying to keep an open mind, but still feels “overdone” in the stretch for making “new” sound. My preference is for the ‘real deal’…yours, too (guessin’).