ThatKellieGirl Talks About…Afrobeat

Good Morning Folks!

ThatKellieGirl is excited to release the next webisode.  This time, ThatKellieGirl is on the scene celebrating Lunchbox Theory’s 3 year anniversary of Afrobeat for your Soul!

I wanted to do a segment on afrobeat because so may people are unaware of it.  We are familiar with reggae,  bossa nova, reggaeton, merengue, calypso, salsa, soca and the list can go on.  Yet, when it comes to African music and artists, most people will draw a blank.  However, each of the above forms of music- as well as African-America music- has been heavily influenced by African music.  

Like most Americans, I was introduced to afrobeat through the music of Fela Kuti, the father of afrobeat.  However, there were literally hundreds of great African funk, soul, and rock bands.   And  there are incredible music scenes in West Africa, Ghana and Nigeria in particular.  African traditional music and popular music is vast and varied.  And with the cross-pollination of music with western popular music, it will continue to evolve, influence and offer great music to the world.  

So to help get you started, here are a couple of great sites to check out:


Afropop Worldwide

Society HAE’s Afrika21 Mixtape

And the featured DJ in the webisode, DJ Underdog offers some of the best Afrobeat mixtapes I have ever heard!  So check out DJ Underdog here.

My webisode doesn’t even crack the surface to afrobeat, but I do hope that it peaks your interest enough to learn more about it.  And I plan to do more webisodes featuring dance parties that promote world music.  So let’s begin to open are ears to music from around the globe.  

Enjoy the webisode and until the next time…talk about it! 🙂


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