Is Globalization Good for Afrobeats?

Afrobeats artists like Burna Boy and Tems are all over the top charts right now, but this style of West African music is nothing new. Today on VICE News Reports, we’re talking about Afrobeats, and how the genre has expanded to western audiences. Vice World News’ Dipo Faloyin shares what to make of this newfound attention.

This episode was produced by Adreanna Rodriguez and Stephanie Kariuki. Dipo’s book, Africa Is Not a Country, is out now in the United Kingdom and will be out in the United States this September. This episode was also heavily inspired by the book A Quick Ting on Afrobeats by author and music historian Christian Adofo.

VICE News Reports is hosted by Arielle Duhaime-Ross and produced by Sophie Kazis, Jen Kinney, and Adriana Tapia. Our senior producer is Sam Greenspan. Our supervising producers are Ashley Cleek and Stephanie Kariuki. Our associate producers are Steph Brown, Sam Eagan, and Adreanna Rodriguez. Sound design and music composition by Steve Bone, Pran Bandi, and Kyle Murdock. Mixing by Evan Sutton.


Our executive producer is Adizah Eghan. And the VP of Vice Audio is Kate Osborn. Janet Lee is Senior Production Manager for VICE Audio. Fact Checking by Nicole Pasulka. Our theme music is by Steve Bone. 

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