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Why Is Dancehall Music Losing to Afrobeats?

Why Is Dancehall Music Losing to Afrobeats? - This is another question that has been flooding our inbox in recent times.


Jamaican dancehall artists are running out of ideas to sing about.

As the discussion continues about Afrobeats taking over dancehall and Reggae music space on radio stations in the UK, there're many reasons been floated about as to why Jamaica's dancehall/reggae music is in such perils at this time.

Writing this story in November of 2019, I asked myself when was the last time a Jamaican or dancehall crossed over into the international market?

The last two dancehall songs up to this point that made it big were, Kranium's "Nobody Has to Know", Dovey Magnum's "Bawl Out" and Hoodcelibrity's "Walking Trophy", all of these artists are based in the United States of America.

In my opinion, the international market has had enough of the same ole same ole music being produced on the island of Jamaica.

Why Is Dancehall Music Losing to Afrobeats? Below are some of the reasons the newer sets of Dancehall artists are only singing about:

Guns
Drugs
Acts of Violence
Infidelity
Gangs
Material Things

Meanwhile, on the Afrobeat side, those artists are singing about love and making happy music.

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Nov 19, 2019
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Dancehall > Afrobeats
by: Dj Vernier Calliper aka 4Nabby(Afrikan Zambian)

The reason is simple. Dancehall artists have too much trying trying to disturb di feel a it. Let dancehall sound dancehall and not putting hip hop kind a sup'm. Let rap and hip hop genre kind a music be on it's on. Dancehall stands like a soldier and di rest a music genre a security guards like. Dancehall rocks mi seh... Bless

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