Shanachie Entertainment To Release First Afrobeats Compilation In The U.S. Featuring Major Afrobeats
Updated: Mar 20
Afrobeats is the hottest new urban music style reaching critical mass and Shanachie Entertainment is ready to drop the very first Afrobeats compilation in the U.S. featuring major talented Afrobeats stars such as Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Timaya, Yemi Alade, Tekno and more on August 25th, 2017.
It has been a while since a new musical genre has hit the music scene; Hip-Hop may be the last major innovation. But now a new style--Afrobeats--is generating major buzz and seems poised for an international breakthrough, with artists as diverse as Rihanna, Drake, Alicia Keys, Jidenna, Chris Brown, Sean Paul and Torey Lanez embracing the style.
Afrobeats--not to be confused with the "Afrobeat" of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is a high-octane mash-up of Jamaican dancehall, Soca, Hip-Hop and African rhythms, the latest fruit of a century of musical dialogue and exchange between Africa, The Caribbean and America. The result is a kind of pan-African EDM that is filling dance-floors and influencing artists worldwide. Drake's "One Dance," probably the #1 summer anthem of 2016 features an Afrobeats groove with Afrobeats star Wizkid on the track. Alicia Keys' "In Common" had an Afrobeats re-mix (her Swizz Beatz is reportedly a fan of the style). Wizkid's new single "African Bad Gyal" features Chris Brown. Go to a trendy Caribbean party in New York and Miami and chances are Afrobeats will be in the mix.
On August 25, 2017, Shanachie Entertainment will release AFROBEATS HOT HITS: THE NEW SOUND OF URBAN AFRICA, the first U.S. released a compilation of Afrobeats, with tracks by such major stars as Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Timaya, Yemi Alade, Tekno, Wande Coal and other as well as up-and-coming hit-makers Rayce (who will release his Shanachie debut AFRICAN JUICE September 1st), Falz and Seyi Shay; most Afrobeats stars are from Nigeria or Ghana but American and Caribbean artists are getting in the act. AFROBEATS HOT HITS is the perfect introduction to the style as well as a great collection for the initiated. Highlights include such major hits as Kiss Daniel's "Woju," Timaya's "Bum Bum"(with Jamaican star Sean Paul), Davido's seminal "Skelewu," Wande Coal's "Rotate" and Skales' "Your Body Hot." Tiwa Savage who has sung background for Mary Blige and written for other American R&B artists is represented by the propulsive "Ileke" while rising Nigerian songstress Kayefi shines on a re-mix by UK DJ Major Notes of her "Oreske." UK based producers and DJs have already embraced the style, which many see as the successor to such cutting edge dance styles like dubstep and grime and UK-based Ghanaian artist FUSE ODG scored a major UK chart hit with an Afrobeats track.
In an interesting twist, American neo-soul artist Anthony David, a fan of the Afrobeats style, recorded a straight Afrobeats track "I Don't Mind," with American-based Nigerian artist Mic on the re-mix, included on AFROBEATS HOT HITS. This track may be the first straight Afrobeats track recorded by an American artist. The result of AFROBEATS HOT HITS is an hour-plus excursion through the fascinating new world of Afrobeats. Tracklist: DAVIDO: Skelewu WANDE COAL: Rotate TEKNO: Rara YEMI ALADE feat. R2BEES: Pose SEYI SHAY feat. WIZKID: Crazy (re-mix) TIWA SAVAGE: Ileko SKALES feat. ATTITUDE: Your Body Hot (re-mix) RAYCE feat. DAVIDO: Wetin Dey (re-mix) KISS DANIEL feat. DAVIDO and TIWA SAVAGE: Woju (re-mix) TIMAYA feat. SEAN PAUL: Shake Ur Bum Bum (remix) 9ice: Economy FALZ feat. REEKADO BANKS: Celebrity Girlfriend ANTHONY DAVID feat. MIC-O: I Don't Mind KAYEFI: Oreski (Major Notes re-mix)