Afrobeat

noun

Af·​ro·​beat ˈa-frō-ˌbēt How to pronounce Afrobeat (audio)
: urban popular music originating in Nigeria in the late 1960s that emphasizes percussion rhythms and features elements of jazz and funk and lyrics which are often strongly political

Word History

Etymology

afro- + beat entry 2

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Afrobeat was in 1969

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Cite this Entry

“Afrobeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Afrobeat. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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