Two growing genres of music of Afrobeat and AfroPop have not only taking over the continent of Africa, but has also expanded into other parts of the world, parts that include the Caribbean and West Indies, the United States, and Europe. Within a continent where its residents speak multiple languages, from French to English to native languages, it is quite easy to see the expansion of Africa’s music scene into other regions of the world.
A combination of Rhythm and Blues and Reggae and Dancehall, Afrobeat originated in West Africa and has now become one of the world’s top up and coming genres of music. While to the world Afrobeat’s popularity is widely expanding, in Africa Afropop is the more popular termed that is used to identify the local music scenes. Strictly pop music, as well R&B music, this form of African music is all over the continent, while Afrobeat may not be popular or as performed as Afropop is in some parts of the continent.
Despite the form of African music or the term one would like to use the two genres have produced top artists like Davido, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Singuila, Daphne, Diamond Platinumz, Harmonize, Josey, Shilole, Kaaris, and many more, while expanding from West Africa to regions of Central Africa to parts of East Africa, countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Cameroon and Uganda have some of the continent’s leading music scenes.