Afrobeats: The music phenomenon taking the charts by storm
Richard Abiona, aka Fuse ODG (Picture: Getty)

A new sound is bringing sunny positivity to the charts thanks to the input of African and African-heritage artists.

Pop-dance hits with links to Nigeria and Ghana have been enjoying both high placings and longevity, a sign that something significant is taking place.

This phenomenon has acquired a name - Afrobeats - to differentiate the fusion of polished house/R&B production, Jamaican dancehall and African rhythms from the classic big-band Afrobeat purveyed by the likes of Fela Kuti.

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