Few months ago I published an article on how Afrobeat has continued to live on despite the demise of the inventor, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Today’s piece will answer a question on if the music genre will ever fade away.
In the past few years, so many Nigerian artistes like D’banj, Oritshefemi and Wizkid have continued to sustain the legacy of the legend with some of their Afrobeat-inspired music. From the last eight months to date, we have witnessed several releases that are typical of Afrobeat. Towards the end of last year, Kiss Daniel released ‘Good Time’, a song characterized by instrumentals that are synonymous with Afrobeat instrumentals: drums, trumpets and saxophone. D’banj followed suit in January with ‘Emergency’. He went ahead to shoot a video that re-presents what Fela was well-known for: Performing on stage with half-dressed female dancers.
D’banj did not only use the female dancers but also brought back some of the legend’s unique dance steps. Surprisingly, rapper, Olamide chose to explore Afrobeat sometime ago: He dropped an upbeat music, ‘Konkobility’, which is rich with drums and trumpet sounds. Reekado Banks joined the league of new school Afrobeat singers few weeks ago with ‘Standard’. Just yesterday Orezi who once attempted the music genre with ‘Double Your Hustle’ dropped again just yesterday Afrobeat-tuned ‘145’.
Besides the new school singers, Fela’s Bloodline, Femi, Seun Kuti and Femi’s son are still here doing their father’s legacy: Afrobeat. And doing it well. Will Afrobeat ever go down into oblivion? It is very unlikely the music genre would fade away from the Nigerian music scene in a very long time because of the rate at which younger generation artistes have continued to make Afrobeat-inspired music.