In today’s ever-changing music scene, one thing is for certain: There’s no escaping Afrobeats. Since last year, the explosive genre has been dominating and thriving in mainstream music as listeners and musicians alike have been going deeper into the influx of what it has to offer. However, it’s far from the first instance of Afrobeats crossing over globally.
Sep 1, 2023
There’s no denying that Afrobeats is one of, if not the, hottest genres currently in the music industry. As African artists continue to crossover, U.S. listeners have been captivated by hits like Wizkid and Tems’ “Essence,” Burna Boy’s “Last Last,” and Rema’s “Calm Down.” While the global phenomenon has taken over the sound waves as of late, there are artists such as Joeboy who knew early on of its promise.
Nov 30, 2022
The title of “doctor” has been earned by one of the leading ladies of Afrobeats. Recently, Tiwa Savage received an honorary degree from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. “Some call me queen, but it’s Dr. Savage from now on,” Savage said in a speech while accepting the degree. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bankulli Osha (@bankulli)
Jul 18, 2022
Burna Boy is making history in the land of streaming! According to Face2Face Africa, Burna Boy is now the first African artist to have at least three albums streamed 100 million times each through streaming service platform Spotify. The Nigerian artist, whose real name is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulum has changed the narrative when it comes to Afrobeats, pushing the genre to the forefront across the diaspora. Chart Data revealed that Burna Boy’s last three albums, “African Giant,” “Outside,” and “Twice As Tall” all received the 100-million mark appreciation from listeners making him the most listened to Afrobeats star. Amongst his counterparts, Wizkid and Davido, all three have become Africa’s most well-known musical acts across the globe. Both Davido and Wizkid have also attained 100 million streams via Spotify on at least one of their previous albums. Now a Grammy-award winner thanks to his album, “Twice As Tall” — which was awarded the “Best Global Music Album” at this past Grammy...
May 17, 2021
Michael Blackson is taking his talents to Ghana, but not as a comedian. According to Face2Face Africa, the Ghanaian-American comedian took his talents back home to work on a project that should be complete by next year — a school for his village. “Only thing that matters to me are the kids. Education can help them understand everything so I’m building them a school in my village. By the grace of God they will be in class next year,” Blackson said in an Instagram caption. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michael Blackson (@michaelblackson) Blackson shared a video with him surrounded by some excited kids along with Ghanaian Afrobeats star, Fuse ODG, who assured them the educational facility will be complete soon. “Next September you’ll have a school, OK?” said ODG, reports Face2Face Africa. “You’re standing in your classroom right now. School is coming very soon, OK? Uncle promise you. School is on its way.”
Oct 12, 2020
Howard University’s Quantum Biology Laboratory (QBL) has received a major grant of $550,000 from the Guy Foundation, according to a report from the university. The grant will be used over the next two years to support the Quantum Biology Laboratory as they explore fundamental questions at the nexus of electrodynamics, biosystems, and quantum theory. It will be under the direction of QBL’s Founding Director and Principal Investigator, Philip Kurian (Ph.D. ’13). “Awarding this grant to Dr. Kurian was an important step in fulfilling the Foundation’s aims of bringing together leading scientists interested in quantum biology from around the world, which would ensure that this field of science finally reaches a critical mass and fulfills its destiny of answering some of the deepest questions about life itself,” Guy Foundation Chairman and Founder, Geoffrey Guy, said. Interim dean of the Graduate School at Howard University, Dana A. Williams also made a statement : “The Quantum Biology Lab...
Sep 3, 2020
African artists are quickly taking over in the music industry and setting trends while doing so. For the first time in Billboard Magazine’s history, three Nigerian music artists grace the cover of the first issue ever devoted to the entire continent of Africa. "This isn't a fad": Three of Africa's biggest stars on making the industry come to them. Read the full cover story: https://t.co/cRopO2Jj0w pic.twitter.com/RGIXCYJukd — billboard (@billboard) May 21, 2020 Nigerian artists Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Mr Eazi are the subject of Billboard’s latest cover story, “Africa Now,” titled “This Isn’t a Fad: Three of Africa’s Biggest Stars on Making the Industry Come to Them,” that states “the next musical revolution is brewing in Africa.” According to Okay Africa , Gail Mitchell — writer of the story — included interviews from each artist, which were conducted on a video conference call. The featured story detailed topics tackled by each artist including life under quarantine — where Davido...
May 22, 2020