Highlife and the Afrobeat dance
Afrobeat is a blend of conventional jazz, music highlife, funk, and chanted vocals, fused with percussion and voice styles, popularised in the african continent in the 1970s. It was named by Nigerian numerous-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for the invention of the style and spreading the genre outside of Ghana. Fela used it to change musical structure as well as the governmental context in his indigenous Nigeria. It was Kuti who coined the “afrobeat” on his coming back from a U.S. trip with his group Nigeria ’70 (formerly Koola Lobitos). Afrobeat features chants, call-and-response vocals, and complex, interacting rhythms.
The latest sound acclaimed from a club that he well-known called the Afrika Shrine. At arriving in Nigeria, Kuti also changed the name of his group to Africa ’70. The band preserved a five-year residency in the Afrika Shrine from 1970 to 1975 while afrobeat prospered among Nigerian youth. Afrobeat is currently certainly one of the most recognizable music styles in the world and has influenced as many Western musicians as it has African ones with its lush style and tempos.
Mr. T is bringing his version of Afrobeat dance music with the title of Gajo dance meaning destination in literal words but in the Ghanaian dialect it means deliverance after a long journey of hustle.