Africa’s Owning the Spotlight

BEYONCE’S ALBUM “THE GIFT” HAS GOT THE WORLD VIBING TO THE SOUND OF AFRICA

Source: Waploaded

Source: Waploaded

Following a successful premier of the Lion King movie, star artiste Beyonce Knowles-Carter released a one of its kind album and it has got the world in some sort of “spirit” mode. The movie which would see the star artiste play the role of Nala (Simba’s love affair – in the movie) was originally released in 1994 as a cartoon produced by Walt Disney. I practically grew up watching that cartoon, I think I must have seen it nearly a thousand times, to the point I could recite the lines of each character word for word. To be honest, Scar was my best character – he had a goal and he was determined to get it no matter what – he was ambitious, although he was cunning, a sly guy, and a liar (characters I don’t approve of).

I am particularly excited that such an album was released in my time. I guess it’s just the right time for Africa to feel the limelight for a bit and an opportunity for us to get this sound that we love so much to eardrums beyond our shores on a larger scale. Beyonce Knowles-Carter said that this album is her to gift to Africa and as such she set out to work with the best of the best in the African entertainment industry. The album featured many of Africa’s finest musicians such as Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Tecno, Shatta Walle, and more. 

One of the most difficult things I encountered while listening to this album was picking a favourite song, the album is simply phenomenal and if you haven’t heard it yet, I TINK you should and if you already have, kindly leave your thoughts on any of the songs in the comment section below.

Afro Soul Pop

THIS GENRE IS GIVING RISE TO GREAT SOUND, INCREASED CREATIVITY, AND A DYNAMIC INDUSTRY

Afro-soul-pop is a music genre that is a fusion between soul music and African sound and pop or should I say pop-culture. Its distinctive feature from any other African Music genre is the emotional vocals, it’s soft upbeat sound – I always wondered how soft and upbeat were able to come together to make something beautiful.

This genre is making hits out of African music across the continent and showcasing great talents. Although there are some resemblance between this genre and a few other Afro centric genres but you can almost tell the difference.

The trend of African artists creating their own genre is sure to lead us to newer sounds and a more dynamic entertainment industry. We certainly encourage creativity however way it comes. As African continually create their own sound, the likelihood of headlining events in more distant European countries is on the brink of happening.