Afrobeats Acts On The Charts
Popular Nigerian acts Wizkid, Rema, Tekno, Naira Marley and more also appear in the male-dominated top 20 list. The French-Malian singer Aya Nakamura is one of the only women to appear on the list.
“For too long, Afrobeats artists have had to work tirelessly to get their voices heard and now; African music/Afrobeats is finally being seen as a leading sound that global superstars turn to on a regular basis,” Kofi ‘Funkz’ Kyei of MOVES Recordings; who was part of the team who created the list told NME.
“The Official UK Afrobeats Chart will help open up the culture to new audiences; giving emerging artists the opportunity to be heard whilst celebrating the sound of a continent that has gone global. Its importance can’t be measured and I look forward to celebrating the biggest and best tracks each and every week!”
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) July 21, 2020
The rise of the genre has also become apparent through sold out arena shows, recent sound clashes; growing stan culture and much more, but perhaps the official list will makes this success more quantifiable. You can check out the full top 20 list ahead of the official launch via Officialcharts.com.