Toppa Top 10: Ten Afrobeats Artists You Should Listen To Right Now If You Love Caribbean Music

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April 4, 2016

1. Timaya

Nigeriaโ€™s Timaya has a knack for making songs in the sweet spot between hip-hop, Afrobeats, soca and dancehall. A major player in Nigeria for years, his international stock has risen recently thanks to โ€œShake Your Bum Bumโ€ and โ€œSanko,โ€ singles from 2013 and 2014, respectively. โ€œBum Bumโ€ was remixed by both Sean Paul and Machel Montano, leading to radio and party play across the Caribbean and the Diaspora, while โ€œSankoโ€ enjoyed similar success a year later, leading to an appearance at Montanoโ€™s Machel Monday concert during the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season โ€” the first live appearance in Trinidad by an Afrobeats artist โ€” as well as an official remix from Destra. Few songs embody the back-and-forth conversation happening between Africa and the Caribbean better than โ€œSanko,โ€ the video for which brilliantly mixes and matches Nigerian and Jamaican dance styles.