The music genre, “Afro-pop” is referred to as contemporary African pop sound. This term is not streamlined to a particular style or sound. The full meaning of Afro-pop is African popular music.
Loud and danceable beats with amazing hooks in any Nigerian language or our general pidgin English makes up the Nigerian Afrobeat sound. This amazing and unique sound of ours is what shakes up the streets of Lagos, and from there vibrates to the world.
This unique sound is making waves globally. But, it’s important to note that things haven’t always been this way.
Throwing it back to the early 1990s when Nigeria left the shambles of the military dictatorship that almost ruined our music industry. A new sound was birthed in Nigeria.
Some artists like Plantashun Boiz brought a young and vibrant sound into our country. After about twenty years after, this sound of ours has travelled far and wide past the margins of our country. It has developed to be an international pop phenomenon.
Going round to the African continent as a whole, and even making a statement in the UK and US. It has grown to be pretty impressive. With a massive pool of talented artists, record labels, media houses, directors, PR companies and others.
There are some influential artists who have been around since its birth and development. Some of these foundation Afro-pop artists are 2Face Idibia (now called 2 Baba), Tony Tetuila , Sound Sultan and the rest of them.
Some recent Nigerian Afro-pop artists are Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, D’banj, Don Jazzy, Iyanya e.t.c.
Nigerian Afro-pop stays winning and always bangs differently using our speakers. These songs below are clear examples of our actual sound….
Examples of Afro-beat songs and the artists are :
– Fall by Davido
– Bum Bum by DMW
– Drogba by Afro B
– Soco by Wizkid
– Ojuelegba by Wizkid
– Confirm by Patoranking
– On the low by Burns Boy
Men seem to have the most numbers in the Afro-pop music industry, but female artists like Tiwa Savage and the “Johnny-finder” Yemi Alade have made an opening for other female artists.
Tiwa Savage has a splash of R&B in her sound with her amazing vocals. Yemi Alade on her path focused on feeding Pan- African needs by making different versions of some of her songs. Some in Swahili and others in French as well.
There have been cultural exchanges and collaborations with South Africa such as the Davido’s 2014 jam with Mafikizolo titled “Tchelete”.
Switching the posh and high-class environment with real-life events and happenings in our country is surely an evolution that we all can’t wait to see continue and evolve.
What do you think of the Nigerian AFRO-POP in the next 10 years?
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