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Afrobeat

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Afrobeat's Biography

Afrobeat is a combination of traditional Yoruba music, jazz, highlife, funk and chanted vocals, fused with percussion and vocal styles, popularised in Africa in the 1970s. Its main creator was the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who gave it its name, who used it to revolutionise musical structure as well as the political context in his native Nigeria. It was Kuti who coined the term "afrobeat" upon his return from a U.S. tour with his group Nigeria '70 (formerly Koola Lobitos). Afrobeat features chants, call-and-response vocals, and complex, interacting rhythms.

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Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.
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Afrobeat News Stories

  • Steady on Jeremy Paxman, Radio 1Xtra is music to my ears

      News Source: Guardian Unlimited | 18 hours ago
    Femi Kuti, right, son of Afrobeat music founder Fela Kuti, and Asa, left, perform at "Felabration," an annual event paying homage to Fela Kuti in Lagos, Nigeria. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP Oh, that's novel a radio station specialising in black
  • Album reviews: Eels, Nat Birchall, Iggy Azalea, Kelis, Yaaba Funk

      News Source: The Independent | 1 day ago
    Eels The Cautionary Tale Of Mark Oliver Everett (E Works/Pias) If seasoned Mark Oliver Everett-watchers felt short-changed by the lack of desolate feelings on 2013's sprightly Wonderful, Glorious album, his 11th Eels effort should placate them. Its
  • Kalado releases Personally video

      News Source: Jamaica Daily Gleaner | 3 days ago
    Dancehall entertainer Kalado has released a music video for his latest single, Personally. The single is a hybrid of Afro-pop and dancehall genres, featuring witty lyrics crafted by the Alliance deejay. Personally is Kalados take on the Nigerian

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