This should not be a surprising development as it is long overdue, considering the influence that Afrobeats has on African music and world music in general.
Afrobeats musicians including Tekno, Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy have done a lot to spread good music all over the world.
Now, the UK has announced the launch of Britain’s first Afrobeats chart. According to the announcement, the chart ranks the top 20 artists making huge strides on the UK music scene in the last 12 months.
On the list are a lot of well-known artists and even some UK grime artists. Some are Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Naira Marley and Rema.
The inaugural chart will be launched on The Official UK Afrobeats Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Sunday, 26 July with hosts and artists from all over the world.
Speaking of the new chart, Kofi ‘Funkz’ Kyei, who was part of the team that created the chart said:
“It has been amazing to witness over the past decade the sheer growth in African music being welcomed by the UK and the international market. A scene that defines a culture, a people and countless generations, its music has soundtracked underground culture for years, being the go-to sound in clubs, parties and communities in a way that’s shaped our very culture.
“For too long, Afrobeats artists have had to work tirelessly to get their voices heard and now African music/Afrobeats is finally being seen as a leading sound that global superstars turn to on a regular basis.
“The Official UK Afrobeats Chart will help open up the culture to new audiences, giving emerging artists the opportunity to be heard whilst celebrating the sound of a continent that has gone global. Its importance can’t be measured and I look forward to celebrating the biggest and best tracks each and every week.”
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This is it, the Official UK Afrobeats Chart is here! ? To be compiled weekly by the Official Charts Company, a countdown video will be shared every Sunday at 2pm (GMT) via Afro Nation and the Official Charts socials, with the full chart published on OfficialCharts.com and Spotify. The first chart will be unveiled in a special ‘The Official UK Afrobeats Chart Show’ on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Sunday 26th July from 1pm-3pm. Join @adesope.olajide, @comeddiekadi, @lovemavunga @dj_pmontana as we celebrate the launch with music, discussions, artist interviews and more. #AfrobeatsChart