Afrobeats is enjoying an extended moment on the world music stage. Its artists are headlining international music festivals and selling out arenas, and musicians—from the continent and the diaspora—are dominating streaming charts and getting award recognitions from some of the most prestigious musical institutions.
That Afrobeats is finally getting its flowers—delayed, but still delivered—is not something that is surprising to its long-term and most loyal listeners. The genre is built on a steady foundation of rhythm and its melodies are designed for movement. For salsa lovers, Afrobeats have always held hidden dance magic because some songs, especially those with a rumba undertone, provide special dancing opportunities.
KeBlack, Burna Boy, Stowneboy, CKay, Omah Lay, Papa Wemba, Rema, and Patoranking are just some musicians whose Afrobeats tunes contain some “salsafro” rhythm that is perfect for any salsa dance floor.
Last Last—Burna Boy
Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah)—CKay
I’m A Mess—Omah Lay
Chacun Pour Soi—Papa Wemba featuring Diamond Platnumz
Calm Down—Rema featuring Selena Gomez
My Woman, My Everything—Patoranking featuring Wande Coal