Reggae-Dancehall Artists Borrowing Heavily From Afrobeats

It has never been a secret that Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall music genre are both derived from ancient African music. The drumming, the baseline and the melodies they exude are indeed rooted in the African spirit. It is therefore not surprising that a number of the latest singles coming out from the much younger version of both genres (Dancehall) are based on the newest African music genre, Afrobeats.

A number of successful tracks from within African have either been remixed or refixed, one way or another by Reggae-Dancehall artists. Such songs are listed below;

Busy Signal – Professionally| A Complete refix of Nigeria duo P-Square’s “Personally” by the Jamaican artists.

Busy Signal – Same Way| Busy Signal freestyles to the beat of “U Go Kill Me” by Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, featuring fellow Ghanaian Castro.

Busy Signal – Bou Yah| Again, Busy freestyles on another African beat, this time even flipping the chorus on “Khona”, by South Africans Mafikizolo, featuring Uhuru.

Kalado – Personally| Another Jamaican artist had to challenge Busy Signal on the “Personally” refix. He is an associate of Busy Signal on the same track.

Timaya featuring Sean Paul – Bum Bum (Remix)|Legendary Reggae-Dancehall superstar has also taken a dip into Afrobeats with collaborations with Afrobeats artists such as Timaya on “Bum Bum (Remix)” and Fuse ODG on the super hot track “Dangerous Love”.

Fuse ODG has also hosted other Reggae-Dancehall artist on his songs, such as Elephant Man on “Azonto (Remix)” and Konshens on “Million Pound Girl (Remix)”.

The trend is not entirely new, it is probably more of a reciprocation as most urban/Afrobeats artists have borrowed quite a lote from Reggae-Dancehall in the past. In the past, one Reggae-Dancehall icon, Beenie Man, collaborated on a ground-breaking track with Nigerian singer 2Face and Ghanaian Hiplife rapper Reggie Rockstone.

Beenie Man featuring Reggie Rockstone and 2Face.

We hope the revived trend will help open new and deining avenues for the Afrobeats genre and African music at large..

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  • Silva Don

    that’s very true man. irie, reggae bob marley the leader opened the world ofsharing between African and Jamaica

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