Afrobeat uprising: the musicians fighting against a tide of sugary pop

Seun Kuti

Once upon a time, Lagos was the city where Afrobeat stars such as Fela Kuti and Fatai Rolling Dollar cast musical spells under tropical skies. Backed by dozen-strong live bands, their words incited live crowds into, musically speaking, launching Molotov cocktails at the palace doors.

Nowadays, a flood of sugary Auto-Tuned anthems threatens to drown that rich musical heritage, but a small but growing group of musicians is fighting against the tide.

Read more: Afrobeat uprising: the musicians fighting against a tide of sugary pop | World news | The Guardian.

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