Afrobeat is a music genre which developed in the 1970s out of a combination of West African musical styles, such as highlife and yoruba, with American funk and jazz, with a focus on chanted vocals and percussion.[1]

The genre features chants, call-and-response vocals, and complex, interacting rhythms.[1]

A key figure in its development is Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti who popularised the style both within and outside Nigeria.[1] It was partially borne out of an attempt to distinguish Kuti’s music from the “soul music” of American artists such as James Brown.[2]~courtesy of wikipedia~



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