Africans Drag Recording Academy (Grammys) Over Afrobeats Post | SEE
Africans are taking turns calling out the global outfit over their recent article on Afrobeats.
The Recording Academy is receiving a lot of heat from angry Africans after its misinformative post about what Afrobeats represents.
The academy, which is responsible for the Grammy Awards, arguably the biggest platform that awards artistic excellence on a global scale, is currently under fire after it put out an article on Afrobeats.
Recall that a detailed Netflix documentary on the origin of Afrobeats titled “Afrobeats Backstory” was recently released, written and told by Africans who partook in the building and spreading of the genre, which negates the Recording Academy’s article.
The Recording academy on July 27th, 2022, posted the article that regarded Afrobeats as a “blend of West African and Black American music”, a post that triggered a lot of music lovers (especially Africans) due to the misinformation.
After getting a lot of backlash from Afrobeats lovers and scholars, the academy decided to correct its headline by removing the “blend of Black American music”. However, they retained their former tweet instead of deleting it, an act that still pissed off a lot of Africans.
#Afrobeats is a mesmeric blend of West African musics that has quickly become a global pop phenomenon. Here are 5️⃣ subgenres that will instantly grab your ear.— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) July 27, 2022
📝: This article was updated today at 6:50 p.m. ET to reflect the specifically African origins of these genres. https://t.co/Ucgfqq73gw
Also, the said article classified Amapiano as a sub-genre of Afrobeats, another misinformation that triggered a lot of Africans’ response, especially South-Africans, where the genre originated from.
See reactions below
still fuck off. delete the old article and start all over again, you lazy people. no one even asked for your stupid article. next time, you’d actually do your research properly https://t.co/v5qwYJvVYi— anisah (@biawurbi) July 28, 2022
Amapiano is not a sub-genre of Afrobeats. It’s a genre of music from SOUTH AFRICA. Which pulls from SA House and Kwaito. So this article is STILL misinformed!!— YT: Nomaswazi 11 (@Nomaswazi_11) July 28, 2022
Respect musical genres that aren’t from the US. 😒 https://t.co/EE3C5DbXdd
Like Afrobeat, soukous are peculiar to Congolese & Central Africa, I grew up listening to @KoffiOlomide_MM and I can tell you it has no links to Afrobeat. Same with Amapiano it’s peculiar to the south Africans & a totally different Genre. FIX UP. https://t.co/MXAiyYyhMW— ADEDIMEJI (@yisacole) July 28, 2022
love the energy Nigerians did in making them correct the article/tweet tho.— Aduramimo (@dreywandowski) July 28, 2022
I don’t fuck with Afrobeats but just like @DavidHundeyin said the other day, if we don’t document our achievements, others will take the glory for it. Better to start control the narrative at inception 👍 https://t.co/H29X3eU7hv
Delete the former tweet, amapiano and Co are genres of their own not sub of afrobeats. This is crazy because you could have just told Bankulli to help you write this thing. https://t.co/EJf5N5VY4y— Odinaka. 🥂 (@TheAjibolaGrey) July 28, 2022
They updated the tweet & article but failed to delete the initial tweet.. the message have been stylishly passed already. They’re coming for Afrobeat and will make it their own… it all started with that “Billboard US Afrobeat chart”. Not their fault, Na we dey find validation https://t.co/l6lHctXiVv— Man Of Steel™ 𓃵 (@HarleshJr) July 28, 2022
If you aren’t going to accurately speak on the history then don’t speak at all. Calling Ampiano a “sub-genre” of afrobeats is just lazy. Scrap the whole article. @netflix already has a fantastic documentary on the history of Afro-beats by actual west African historians. https://t.co/iZ5OcKkJaG— Jenn E. Penny (@JennE_Penny) July 28, 2022
The article still needs some work! Altè is a sub-genre of afrobeats but Soukous, Ndombolo and Amapiano are not!— OTUNBA (@OtunbaBrickz) July 28, 2022
The author seems to be conflating African Music with Afrobeats music.
Afrobeats is a strictly west African genre native to Nigeria & Ghana to be precise. https://t.co/yEQ6FBjHJ6
When I said globalisation also has its potential pitfalls and we should be circumspect and protect our craft, I was called a mad man. pic.twitter.com/Gw8PpFPgY4— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) July 28, 2022