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Burna Boy and WizKid’s Grammys: Afrobeats As Source of Global Africa

Afrobeats as a global soundtrack is an essential component of achieving the objectives of AU’s 2021 as the Year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards were held this month at the Staples Center, Los Angeles in the United States. The event marked the global ascendance of Nigeria’s Afrobeats, as two Nigerian artists, Burna Boy and Wizkid – who alongside Davido are arguably the most popular African artists – scooped two awards. While Africans have appreciated Nigerian music for decades, Afrobeats arguably emerged as a global phenomenon following D’Banj’s hit, “Oliver Twist”, which reached number nine on the U.K. charts in 2012. Similarly, Wizkid’s collaboration with Drake, “One Dance“, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks in 2016.


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