GRAMMYs dragged by Nigerians over claims that Afrobeats is a blend of Black American music.
Afrobeats is a music genre that involves the combination of West African Musical styles (such as traditional Yoruba music and highlife) and American funk, jazz and soul influences, with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms and percussion. Th style was pioneered in the 1970s by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for popularizing the style both within and outside Nigeria.
GRAMMYs Dragged by Nigerians: Reasons
The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs made a recent tweet with claims that Afrobeats is a blend of Black American music. This didn’t go down well with Nigerians. They felt it is an insult to the Nigerian king of Afrobeats, Fela Kuti who is the originator of Afrobeats. He introduced it and it was adopted by African musicians. Today, it is gaining a huge ground around the globe. Suddenly, the white wants to claim its root hence, the tweet by the Recording Academy.
Nigerians couldn’t stand being denied the origin of Afrobeats being traced to Nigeria so they condemned the tweet by the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs thereby forcing them to make a follow up tweet hence, relating Afrobeats origin to West-Africa.