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

Examples of Afrobeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That event brought out 1,000 guests and Afrobeats star Adekunle Gold, who performed for the couple. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 18 Dec. 2023 Thwaites acknowledged that Afrobeats is the most popular genre coming from the continent right now, also mentioning amapiano, but said the award also focused on recognizing the diversity of African music. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Refreshingly free of ego, each member gets opportunities to shine on a freewheeling blend of IDM, experimental rock, and, of course, Afrobeats, skillfully blurring the boundaries between human and machine. Jon O'Brien, SPIN, 26 Jan. 2024 African music has steadily been making inroads in the U.S. music market, with world music — which includes Afrobeats, K-pop and more — seeing the most growth compared to other genres according to Luminate’s 2023 year-end report that was released last week. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 17 Jan. 2024 Janelle Monáe – ‘The Age of Pleasure’ In what has become a dynamic shift from earlier records, Monáe has blended together the genres of Afrobeats, pop, R&B, reggae and soul to create an anthem for liberation, sexuality, and self-love with The Age of Pleasure. Okla Jones, Essence, 18 Dec. 2023 At select performances, they’ll be joined by rappers Ice Cube, Ken Carson and Kid Cudi, Afrobeat artist Seun Kuti & Egypt80, Japanese punk group Otoboke Beaver, rock group Wand and indie band IRONTOM, who previously supported them at a handful of 2023 shows. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 4 Dec. 2023 From the Year Of Return in 2019 to the emergence of Afrobeats on the global stage to North American debut of African Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum, the cultural bonds between the African continent and the African Diaspora are bringing forth the ideal of a global Africa. Taylor Crumpton, Essence, 29 Nov. 2023 Leftover Halloween decorations hung overhead as people rocked and swayed on the Gossip Grill dance floor to a range of music genres, from Afrobeats to disco. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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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“Afrobeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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