Afrofusion, Highlife & 3 Others Led by Burna Boy, the Cavemen Are the New Sounds Set to Push Afrobeats Away

Afrofusion, Highlife & 3 Others Led by Burna Boy, the Cavemen Are the New Sounds Set to Push Afrobeats Away

Nothing speaks to the soul as music does. The African continent, according to many, is the birthplace of many of the world's leading musical genres, sounds, and fundamental instruments.

The Afrobeat sounds from Nigeria over the last 10 years have risen to new heights never experienced before by practitioners of the music business in the country.

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Photos of Kcee, The Cavemen and Burna Boy top the list of artists driving the rise of new music genres in Nigeria. Photo credit:@burnaboygram@the.cavemen/@iam_kcee
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Afrobeat has become a global phenomenon, but the question on many's lips is, is that all the Nigerian music industry has to offer?

To answer that question, in this article, has compiled a list of five other music genres out of Nigeria that are doing exceptionally well and gaining momentum fast.

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Afro-Highlife led by The Cavemen and Umu Obiligbo:

Highlife music in its true form didn't originate from Nigeria, but over the years since its influx into the country's music market from the late 1960s, it has made a home for itself in the West African country.

It is one of the most instrument-based music genres out of Africa. It isn't particularly based on drums like Afrobeat but relies heavily on strings and percussions for its unique form.

Modern exponents of Highlife music pushing the boundaries of the genre are The Cavemen, Umu Obiligbo, Show Dem Camp and a few more.

Afro-Fuji led by Seyi Vibez and Barry J

According to some, the Fuji genre is one of the bedrock of modern Afrobeat music. On close investigation, both genres rely heavily on drums, lyrics and beats.

However, the modern Afro-Fuji has evolved beyond the deep, husky voices of Alhaji Alabi Pasuma or Saheed Osupa.

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There are still a lot of chaotic lines between Afro-Fuji and proper Afrobeat at the moment. But with the recognition that Afrobeat has gathered, it won't be too long before Fuji is properly delineated from Yoruba Afrobeat, and the beauty of Fuji would be genuinely appreciated.

Afro-fusion led by Burna Boy

According to some, Internationally renowned Nigerian Grammy award-winning singer Burna Boy is, to a large extent, the originator of the Afro-fusion sound.

As well as Burna Boy is the mind behind Afro-fusion. The same can be said that Terry G pioneered street pop.

Artists like Portable Zazu, Mr Legbegbe, Zlatan, and Naira Marley are all exponents of Afro-street or pop.

Alte music is new the soul-pop

The Alte music followers are what many could call the modern Hippies. Artists like Cruel Santino, Brymo, and John Drille are the face of Alte music.

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This Nigerian music genre usually gets things mixed up and is mistaken for Afobeat. still "Alte"

They might not necessarily seem to be relatable to most Nigerians', but those who enjoy listening to Alte music do so at a level that they almost live and for this genre.

Ojapiano created by Kcee and Ojazzy Igbonile

The latest to join the growing list is Ojapiano. The first Nigerian artist to produce the Ojapiano sound is Kcee on a self-name track.

This is another sound people need to be on the lookout for cause it is also fast evolving and could be a new sound that would dominate the Nigerian music industry for the next two decades.

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Meanwhile, recalls making a report about highlife being a popular genre of music that started along the Gold Coast (modern-day Ghana) in the 1880s.

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It is dance music that comprises a fusion of African rhythm and Jazz, which is a European kind of music. This fusion is because highlife is played using Western instruments such as the guitar, Jazz horns and, in some cases, a banjo.

Before 1939, highlife was regarded as Native Blues in Nigeria and was harnessed by coastal dwellers in towns like Warri and Lagos. By the start of 1950, highlife was fast becoming an Igbo genre for the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria.


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Oke-Hortons Nosa (Senior entertainment editor) Oke-Hortons Nosa is a senior Entertainment Editor at A graduate of Politics and Governance 2016 (KWASU), MILD (UNILAG). In 2022, I acquired a certificate in Digital publishing and advanced networking skills. I used to be a sports show presenter at KOKO. Previous work experience with Hortielaurieblogspot and, culminating in over 7 years of work experience. Email:

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