Beyoncé Brings Afrobeats to Mainstream Audiences with "Lion King: The Gift"

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For some Americans, Beyonce’s Lion King soundtrack was the first time they’ve heard Afrobeats. Over the past few years, Afrobeats music has slowly been played within mainstream music. However, Beyonce may be the step needed to mark Afrobeats onto the mainstream scene for good.

Last week, Disney released The Lion King soundtrack that was produced by none other than Beyonce herself. The soundtrack was filled with rising Afrobeats artist including Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Tekno and Nigeria’s Yemi Alade. Queen Bee gives her voice as the character Nala in the movie as well as close friend Childish Gambino who plays Simba.

In an interview with ABC TV, Beyonce says that she “wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it.” The use of real African artists was what sold the world, as it’s know that in movies like these they tend to make the music that they feel best sounds authentic. Beyonce argues that she “wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

The album also features Ghana’s very own Shatta Wale, known to many as the King of African Dancehall, Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa from South Africa. As well as her very own hubby, Jay-Z who had an influence in producing some of the tracks on the album.

Afrobeats has been around for some years within the UK music scene, and has now broke through to the US clubbing scene. Afrobeats includes a mix of West African heritage, that started in Ghana and Nigeria. From artists such as London’s Fuse ODG, Wizkid, Davido, who’s managed to sign a major deal with a US label in recent years and Kwamnz and Flava.

The Afrobeats wave doesn’t seem to be slowing down and we’re excited to see where it goes. It may take a while however it’ll soon be a household regular and America, as well as the rest of the world will not be able to escape the wave.

LIVE NATION BRING LAGOS TO LONDON WITH HOST OF HEADLINE AFROBEATS SHOWS

Live Nation are excited to host an array of Afrobeat shows over the coming months bringing the finest music from across the African continent to audiences throughout the U.K. The funky party sounds now emanating from Ghana and Nigeria are providing an injection of new energy into U.K. urban music and generating a whole new chapter in global pop music. With their music now transcending the mainstream and U.K. shores, fans can now get tickets to see Africa’s hottest artists including the likes of D’Banj, Olamide, Wizkid, Mr Eazi and Mayorkun. Tickets for all shows are on sale now at http://www.livenation.co.uk.

D’Banj

Best known internationally for the summer hit ‘Oliver Twist’, BET and MTV Europe Music Award winner and Nigerian singer-songwriter D’Banj has teamed up with The Compozers and returns for a headline show at O2 Academy Brixton this August 2019.

 25 August 2019                         London, U.K.                 O2 Academy Brixton

Africa Utopia

How does Africa and its diaspora shape the way we think about art, culture, gender, race, sexuality, fashion, activism and society? Explore with us over a weekend of exciting and thought-provoking events at Africa Utopia, returning in autumn 2019 in a new collaboration with Indaba X. For the festival's seventh year, we welcome Akala, Ozwald Boateng, Chineke! Orchestra, Noel Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel, Bethann Hardison, Femi Kuti, Denise Lewis and many more to our stages.

13-15 September 2019              London, U.K.                 Southbank Centre

Olamide

 As one of the most promising and rising stars in the hip hop industry, it is widely accepted that he brought about cultural change in Nigeria, changing the perceptions and feeling towards rap music, with more and more people embracing both him and the genre. A special Nigeria Independence Day concert will be brought to you by Lagos-born artist Olamide at O2 Academy Brixton this August.

06 October 2019                        London, U.K.                 O2 Academy Brixton

Wizkid

 Following his recent collaboration for Beyoncé’s Brown Skin Girl, Wizkid is taking his Starboy Fest to Europe this year. The Afrobeats star will host Starboy Fest alongside a crew of support acts to O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester and The O2, London this October.

18 October 2019                        Manchester, U.K.          O2 Victoria Warehouse

19 October 2019                       London, U.K.                 The O2 

Mr Eazi

 After fast becoming the hottest independent artist in the Afrobeats music scene, the Nigerian native has been cementing his status as a global superstar with UK charting hits and providing mesmerising guest appearances on songs like RAYE – Decline and M:O -Bad Vibe. Hitting an over 250 million mark in streaming, a rising profile in the global music landscape, a knack for booty-swaying club smashes, and insider knowledge of the Nigerian and Ghanaian music industries, Mr Eazi brings his London to Lagos shows to cities across the U.K. this November. 

13 November 2019                    Manchester, U.K.          O2 Ritz

15 November 2019                    Birmingham, U.K.          O2 Institute

17 November 2019                    London, U.K.                 O2 Academy Brixton

 Mayorkun

 Following the release of his first studio album ‘The Mayor of Lagos’ Nigerian singer-songwriter Mayorkun headlines indigo at The O2 this November.

17 November 2019                    London, U.K.                 indigo at The O2

 Afro Nation Ghana

 The biggest urban music beach festival in Europe returns to Africa following the sold out Afro Nation Festival in Portugal. Fans can expect to see the likes of Burna Boy, Davido and J Hus live at Afro Nation Ghana this December. 

27-30 December 2019               Accra, Ghana                Laboma Beach

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