Afrobeat is a combination of American funk and jazz coupled with West African highlife as well as the percussion and vocal traditions from Yoruba music. It first became popular in Lagos in 1968.
Nigerian Fela Kuti is the most famous artist of Afrobeat. He coined the name and (together with his drummer Tony Allen, who later lived in London) the musical structure in the 1960s and was responsible for the political component of this style. Ray Stephen Oche also toured from Paris with his Matumbo Orchestra.
In the late 1990s, various DJs began to pick up Afrobeat and develop it further.
Afrobeat artists of the 2000s and present, following in the footsteps of Fela Kuti, include his sons Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti, the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra from New York, Franck Biyong & Massak from Cameroon, Segun Damisa & The Afro-beat Crusaders, Newen Afrobeat from Chile, Eddy Taylor & The Heartphones from Cologne, Bantucrew, the Albinoid Afrobeat Orchestra from Strasbourg, Karl Hector & The Malcouns from Munich, Afrodizz and Dele Sosimi, and ex-Africa ’70 members Oghene Kologbo (guitar) with Afrobeat Academy, Nicholas Addo-Nettey (percussion), also known as Pax Nicholas, with Ridimtaksi, both based in Berlin, and Tony Allen (drums). Namibian Ees, actually Eric Sell, also combines Afrobeat with reggae and kwaito.
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