• January 26, 2022 6:29 pm

What you should Know About African Popular Music (Afropop)

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Afro pop music which can also be called afropop, afro-pop is a short name given to African Popular Music.
African Popular Music is a general name given to all the the contemporary music of all the 54 countries of Africa.
There are however, hundreds of traditional music and languages in the African continent and this also varies in styles and varieties.
The African Popular Music (Afropop) is generally broad and with variations. This is because most Afropop derive their styles from Western Popular Music.

With these, one would not be wrong to say that most Western Popular Music genres like the jazz, salsa, zouk, blues etc. inturn derive their styles from the Negro Spiritual (In case you don’t understand what Negro Spiritual is, I’ve made a post on that. Click the link and read up). This denotes that all these genres so listed above and many more, are created or established under the inspiration and creativity of Africans that were enslaved in America.

Consequentially, newer genres such as blues, Roch and rhythm and blues has derived most of it’s elements from the African musical traditions.
The efficacy of the African Music while in slavery (NEGRO SPIRITUAL) can not be over emphasised, this is because one too many of the music genres present today is connected in one way or the other to African musical traditions.
It is also worthy of note that Afropop is not peculiar to one style but rather a term that is generally used for all African Popular Music.
To end this discuss, we are going to talk about few renowned Afropop musicians:

1. Fela Anikulapo Kuti:

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Fela Anikulapo Kuti which is often called Fela Kuti or just Fela hails from Nigeria and was born in Abeokuta on October 15, 1938. Fela Kuti is known to be a musician that played multi instruments and especially the saxophone. Fela Kuti was not only a musician but a human right activist who through his songs challenged the then military authority of Nigeria.
Mr. Kuti died on the 2nd of August 1997 in Lagos and he is known to had marry many wives.
He had many children but few of his children are: Femi, Seon Yeni and much more.

2. Margaret Manezes:


Margaret was born on the 13th day of October 1962 and she hails from Brazil, Bahia Salvador to be precise.
Her Afropop style is that of Axê.

3. Youssou N’Dour: Youssou is a percussionist and a singer, a decent of Dakar, in Senegal. Youssou N’DOUR was born on the first day of October 1959.

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