Afrobeat is a music genre that originated in the 1960s and 1970s in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria. It combines traditional African rhythms and instrumentation with jazz, funk, and highlife music to create a unique sound. The genre was popularized by Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, often referred to as the “father of Afrobeat.”
Afrobeat typically features a large ensemble of musicians playing a variety of instruments, including drums, percussion, horns, and guitars. The rhythms are usually complex and polyrhythmic, with a heavy emphasis on the bass and drums. The lyrics often address social and political issues and are sung in both English and various African languages.
Today, Afrobeat has gained worldwide popularity and influenced numerous other genres, including hip hop and electronic music.