Thank Nigerians for Afrobeat— Wendy Shay urges fellow musicians

Thank Nigerians for Afrobeat— Wendy Shay urges fellow musicians

Rufftown records signee, Wendy Shay has urged Ghanaian musicians to laud Nigerians for attracting foreigners to Africa’s art with the current Afrobeat genre.

An Afrobeat Genre involves the combination of West African musical styles including traditional Yoruba music, highlife, American funk, jazz, and soul with a focus on chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms, and percussion.

The style was pioneered in the 1960s by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for popularising the style both within and outside Nigeria.

According to her, the Nigerians deserve all the praises for the relentless effort put in marketing African music to the world.

Wendy Shay commended the Nigerian musicians through a current tweet, hailing them for selling Africa’s Afrobeat Genre which in turn has drawn the world’s attention to the Africa’s Creative Art industry.

“Ghanaian artistes should thank Nigerian artistes for bringing the world’s attention to Africa … through Afrobeats,” she tweeted.

After the tweet, the “survivor” hitmaker has received some public uproar for her post.

Some believed Wendy Shay had not been fair since there was a point in time that Nigerians had borrowed Ghana’s highlife genre into their craft without necessarily lauding Ghana.

They believed Afrobeat is a rendition of Ghana’s highlife genre and there was nothing to be thankful for.

The artiste, who is currently promoting her upcoming External Play (EP) album dubbed: “Enigma” is also making waves internationally with her new single, Survivor, which speaks against domestic abuse.

According to her, Survivor, was inspired by the death of Nigerian gospel singer, Osinachi, who allegedly died from domestic abuse.

Wendy Shay’s Enigma EP is set to be released on October 21, 2022.


Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

An Entertainment Columnist, Content Writer, Blogger, Novelist, Poet, and a Publicist. For business or story tip off, contact me on +233 24 646 6866 or email: [email protected]

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