Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2023

Completing the Circle of the African Musical Diaspora with Afrobeats

By: T. Phillips

The pulsating rhythms of the African drum, the call-and-response of our oral traditions, the hypnotic melodies that have passed down generations; these are the foundations upon which much of modern music is built. For lovers of neo-soul and classic hip-hop, this ancestral echo has never been more evident than in the rise of Afrobeats. The genre “completes the circle of the African musical diaspora”, reconnecting us with our roots even as it introduces us to new horizons.

Libianca: A Shining Beacon of Afrobeats’ Ascension

If there’s one song that encapsulates the incredible rise of Afrobeats on the global stage, it’s Libianca’s mega-hit, “People.” Its success on international charts, from France’s SNEP to the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles, stands as a testament to Afrobeats’ far-reaching appeal. It’s no surprise that it’s earned Libianca prestigious accolades, such as the BET award for Best New International Act. Moreover, sharing the stage with powerhouses like Alicia Keys showcases the level of recognition and respect Afrobeats artists are receiving.

Afrobeats: A Circle Rejoined

But what’s most thrilling is the broader narrative that Libianca’s success points to. Afrobeats, in its modern form, is influenced heavily by elements of hip-hop, R&B, and jazz. And yet, these genres themselves have their roots firmly anchored in the African rhythms, the call-and-response patterns, and the oral traditions borne from the experiences of enslaved peoples. This cyclical journey, from Africa to the world and back again, is the very essence of Afrobeats.

A Musical Voyage: The Afrobeat Mix

For our dedicated readers and listeners, we’ve woven together a mix that captures this essence. This mixt is more than just songs; it’s a journey, tracing the footsteps of our ancestors and celebrating the rich tapestry of sounds that Afrobeats has become:

AfroBeats Mix Link

Burna Boy – Talibans II

J Hus – Who Told You (feat. Drake)

Asake – Amapiano

Olamide – Trumpet

1da Banton – No Love in Lagos

Lartiste – Geto (feat. 1da Banton)

Oxlade – OVAMI

Ruger – Jonzing Boy

Davido – OVER DEM

Adekunle Gold – Party No Dey Stop

Spyro – Who Is Your Guy? (Remix)

Libianca – People

Adekunle Gold – Party No Dey Stop

Victony – Soweto (with Don Toliver, Rema and Tempoe)

Davido – FEEL

Plug in, press play, and let this Afrobeats mix reconnect you with the rhythms of our ancestors. Enjoy the circle, recompleted, and the diaspora, harmoniously returned to its roots.