I don’t just rant when I blog. Most of the time, I’m absorbed in the music. Certainly, not pop music, as you would guess. I like exotic music of all kinds.
I do quite a bit of ranting about this or that, but these are very provocative times and I justify there is a place for people like me to present fact and experienced-based arguments with passion and vigor.
I believe that there is a place in the world for Michael Moores, Van Jones, Bernies, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezes, Bill Mahers, other figures around the world, and that we may know personally who attempt to provoke discussion about history, politics, environment, religion, spirituality, health, medicine, racism, and anything controversial.
I learned a long time ago in corporate group settings, and in recent race group discussions that the outspoken person (usually me), though despised by other group members, does get the conversations going and get decisions solidified.
In groups, it is difficult to get members to contribute, but just put something out there, then they get to talking, attacking even. That’s kind of what I am doing. I provoke conversations and solidifying decisions. I like that.
But I don’t do that shizzo all the time. Come on now. Don’t play with me.
It can get very stressful ranting all the time. I need to regularly break away. I do it through fitness, reading, praying, meditating, and creating. I nearly listen to music in every setting.
I need ‘theme’ music for nearly every task or event. I have computers, earbuds, wireless speakers, automobile Bluetooth, and nearly every possible gadget (multiple brands) to include music in my day. Some I test and recommend some. My smartwatch even has Spotify and Pandora!
There are many reasons why I enjoy Afrobeats music. First of all, it is a new international music sensation that is taking over Africa and Europe, especially in the UK, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. It is becoming popular in the United States, as well. Many say that Drake made Afrobeats popular in the US when he collaborated with Wizkid, a top Afrobeats artist, with the songs ‘One Dance’ and ‘Come Closer’.
It gets me absorbed. It makes me dance. …jog, and workout too. It reminds me of Africa.
Afrobeats Commercial Break
There is a sound in pop music you’ve been hearing a lot lately—it’s called Afrobeats. And behind that sound is a story of how one African country’s music went global.
Over the past decade, a new generation of Nigerian pop stars, like Davido, Wizkid, Niniola, and Tiwa Savage has seen the sounds of their Afrobeats music—not to be confused with the politically charged, big-band Afrobeat style of the legendary Fela Kuti—win fans far beyond Nigeria’s shores. The country’s music stars are selling out concert venues in New York, Paris and London, and performing at major music festivals.
Some of Afrobeats’ popularity is due to Nigeria’s vast—and affluent—diaspora around the globe. But crucially, social media, YouTube, and access to global streaming sites like Spotify have also contributed to its spread.
Ok, I’m back.
I have traveled to a few countries in Africa. Though it was over 10 years ago, I have had an affinity to African culture and history since. With racial tensions lately, I’ve been working to become more familiar with my ancestry, the Motherland. This is what made me naturally gravitate to Afrobeats.
Having music streaming services like Pandora, Sirius XM Radio and Spotify makes exploring world music easy. Well, I’ve been exploring so much that I have Afrobeats playlists set up all over the place.
I enjoy Afrobeats music because it is not political at all. This is why it breaks stress for me.
The themes are usually about Love, Sex, Money, and Success. I like it because it is not politically correct either. Particularly with regard to its worship of the female body and its parts. I don’t find it disrespectful to women, as many may. I see it as a bit of nostalgia. It takes me back to a time when we did not have to worry about admiration being misinterpreted. …A time when everyone wasn’t so sensitive. We are becoming too sterile.
Africans have rhythm and love to shake that thing! They do it well. I find Africa to be very sexual, but not in a degrading way. The dancing in music videos is incredible!
I am most lured to Afrobeat by its infectious beat. It has very simple, yet complicated beats, with heavy bass. It is the most tolerable use of heavy autotunes that I’ve heard. The rhythms and beats overpower the autotune use. …Much better use of the technology than with American rap artists.
Afrobeats is happy music!
It ‘getz shizzo offa my mind’! Then after a while, I can go back to my ranting. Check out Afrobeats below. – Kevy
Afrobeat vs Afrobeats
“Afrobeats (not to be confused with Afrobeat or Afroswing), also known as Afro-pop, Afro-fusion (also styled as Afropop and Afrofusion), is an umbrella term for contemporary pop music made in West Africa and the diaspora that initially developed in Nigeria, Ghana, and the UK in the 2000s and 2010s. Afrobeats is less of a style per se, and more of a descriptor for the fusion of sounds flowing out of Ghana and Nigeria. Genres such as hiplife, jùjú music, highlife, and Naija beats, among others, are often lumped under the ‘afrobeats’ umbrella. Afrobeats is primarily produced between Lagos, Accra, and London. Paul Gilroy, of The Black Atlantic, reflects on the changing London music scene as a result of shifting demographics.” – Afrobeats – Wikipedia
Davido | Up Close And Personal For A Good Time – By Saybin Roberson – Flaunt – March 11, 2020
“The proclaimed King of Afrobeats, Davido, hit the stage at The Wiltern in Los Angeles Friday, March 6, and left everything on the platform. Banging out hits like “Fall” and “Blow My Mind” with a massive surprise appearance from the songs featuring artist, Chris Brown, A Good Time Tour, fit theme thru and thru. Davido set out to share his energy and he did just that. “ – Read More
Afrobeats Video Mixes
AFROBEATS 2020 Video Mix | AFROBEAT 2020 Mix |NAIJA 2020 |LATEST NAIJA 2020|AFRO BEAT ) – Jan 27, 2020
AFROBEATS 2020 Video Mix | AFROBEAT 2020 PARTY Mix |NAIJA 2020 |LATEST NAIJA 2020|AFRO BEAT(DJ BOAT) – Jan 4, 2020
Afrobeats Mix 2020 – Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Joeboy, Tekno, Mr. Eazi | By DjMidian – Dec 6, 2019
“Afrobeat (not to be confused with afrobeats) is a music genre that involves the combination of elements of West African musical styles such as fuji music and highlife with American funk and jazz influences, with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms, and percussion. The term was coined in the 1960s by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for pioneering and popularizing the style both within and outside Nigeria.” – Afrobeat – Wikipedia
The musical genre afrobeat originated in the 1960s and 1970s as a blend of traditional Yoruba music with jazz, West African highlife, and funk. The pioneering style of afrobeat is identified with the Nigerian artist Fela Kuti, who was renowned for his eccentric character, musical talent, and involvement in post-colonial African politics. Read More
Best Of Fela Kuti Greatest Songs Mixtape (King of AfroBeat) – Jun 12, 2019 – Afrobeat Mix – NaijaDjMixtapes
Fela Anikulapo Kuti, born on 15 October 1938 was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick, as Wikipedia described him. He has been called “superstar, singer, musician, Panafricanist, polygamist, mystic, legend. Here Is The World Famous Continental Dj Baddo With the Amazing Mixtape Of The Abami Eda ( Fela Anikulapo Kuti ) titled BEST OF FELA
Mr. Eazi and Burna Boy Highlight The Rise of Afrobeats at Coachella – Los Angeles Times – Makeda Easter– April 20, 2019
“Some say it’s the “Drake Effect” that brought the genre to mainstream attention in the U.S., with the rapper’s massive 2016hit “One Dance,” an afrobeats-inspired song featuring Wizkid. And with the song, Wizkid became the first Nigerian artist to top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.” – Los Angeles Times – By MAKEDA EASTER STAFF WRITER – APRIL 20, 2019
THE STORY BEHIND WEST AFRICA’S BOOMING AFROBEATS MUSICAL EXPORT – Written by Florian Obkircher – Published on 12.03.2020 – The Red Bulletin
Afrobeats is the music on everybody’s lips. We traveled to Ghana to attend West Africa’s biggest gathering of current and future Afrobeats superstars to experience the scene at its source.
“Last January, Davido sold out London’s O2 Arena, where he was introduced onto the stage by friend Idris Elba. The video for his 2017 hit Fall recently surpassed 158 million views on YouTube and his critically acclaimed new album, A Good Time, gained him the title ‘King of Afrobeats’, which seems fitting – as the son of a billionaire businessman, he loves to make a grand entrance.” – Read More – Red Bulletin
Top Afrobeats Artist & Songs
Fire Boy – @fireboydml
Davido – @davido – Davido Top 2020 Hit
Olamide Adedeji – @olamide_YBNL
- WizKid – @wizkidayo – Wizkid Top 2020 Hit
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