Afro beat has become a dominating force in the global music industry. Afrobeat artists like Davido and Wizkid have made Afrobeat popular all over the world.
Afro beats emerged in the bustling city of Lagos Nigeria. It was pioneered by the Fela Kuti. Fela’s use of African drums with Western instruments forged a rhythmic mix of West African beats and American jazz, soul and funk.
My Top 5 list comes from songs I feel have dominated the charts this year.
1 Essence ( Wizkid Featurings Tems ad Justin Bieber)
It was released on August 13, 2021. It received massive airwaves in the United States. It debuted number 9 on the Billboard Top 100.
2 Peru (Fire boy Featuring Ed Sheeran)
The song Peru is one of the most listened to songs in the Uk. It debuted at number 2 in the UK Top 100 chart, a first for an African artist.
3 Attention ( Omah Lay Featuring Justin Bieber)
The was released a week ago. It debuted at number 5 on Spotify Global Top 100.
4 Omo Ope (Asake featuring Olamide)
This record is played in every club in Lagos and all over Africa. In the song Asake talks on how he plans to enjoy himself and have fun.
5 High ( Adekunle Gold Featuring Davido)
I can’t seem to get this song out of my head. Adekunle Gold’s decision to change from his RnB sound to something more upbeat was criticized by many music critics.
This is a great time to be African, seeing Nigerian artists making big waves internationally brings me so much joy.