“Afrobeat and Afrobeats — the difference a letter can make. Afrobeats is both the evolution and in many ways antithesis of its prefixed forebear. Having slowly emerged over the past several years, it exists in diametrical opposition to all Kuti and his movement stood for, a mutated spawn in flat cap and British accent. As such, its existence is polarising. For those, fists raised in solidarity, whose ears are attuned to the organic instrumental grooves and consciousness in music, usually in the minority, it invokes a stubborn ignorance. Conversely, for those more prone to pop sensibilities — the millions increasingly latching on to the Afrobeats sound — it provides a dull awareness of the music that lends their new favourite genre its name.”
Read more about the Afrobeats musical trend and influence of Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti.