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The rise of Afro Swing the new UK movement

ne of the most prominent black genres in the UK is afro Swing which is a mixture of Afrobeats mixed with Dancehall Afro Swing the new movement taking over the UK was created by Kojo Funds. The genre is influenced by the Jamaican patois and African melody with a London urban slang, and the sound is identified with British MC's who are of African heritage. It is no wonder why the lyrics to many of the songs that we have been acquainted to listen to on the radio, or in the clubs are Dancehall heavy influenced, with an African melody with the instrumental having an Afrobeat and Trap sound to it creating something versatile for artists to rhyme or sing over. 

 

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The rise of Afro Swing the new UK movement

 

You can not refute the music captures a special type of energy which the modern day crop of artists have drifted to which includes Kojo Funds, J Hus, Afro B, Tion Wayne, Big Tobz,Not3s,Yxng Bane,Lotto Boyzz, MoStack,Belly Squad have heavily championed the sound. Despite the achievement of Afro Swing songs being playlisted regularly on urban radio stations such as BBC 1Xtra, Capital XTRA & Kiss FM. There is a negative stigma which is linked to the genre concerning different Afro Swing artists use of the Jamaican accent and the blatantly jacking of the Dancehall sound within the category. One musician from the UK scene to express his dissatisfaction about the issue was Grime artist Chip who considers that certain rappers are rapidly turning themselves into Jamaican artists without awarding credit to the Dancehall and Bashment genre. With the cultural influences been so obvious in the songs and while most of the rappers are not of Caribbean heritage how would they be able to give credit without damaging the Jamaican culture and sound. One factor we can not refute is the impact, it has had on the mainstream charts, recently with J Hus one of the new pioneer, of fusing Afrobeat with Dancehall releasing his critical, acclaimed album Common Sense album which entered the UK top 20 album charts at number 6.In my opinion Afro Swing is here to to remain, it's a genre with his own credibility just like Grime with it's catchy choruses you can see why it appeals to the youngers and it's a reflection of the UK right now mixing our African and Caribbean heritage. With the new generation of British artists championing the new movement the time for Afro Swing to shine has never been better?

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