COVID-19 pandemic is causing uncertainty and understandably many are feeling worried about the current climate. This has ushered into a rise in dance, as everyone is seeking fitness, stress relief, healing, and connection during moments like this. More than ever, we need to dance with the purpose to remind the world that tenderness still prevails.
A unique hybrid of highlife, hip-hop, and global beats is setting Africa’s dancefloors alight in this generation. African music especially West African’s tunes are extending throughout playlists across the world, and genres such as hiplife, jùjú music, highlife, and Naija beats, among others, are often lumped under the ‘afrobeats‘ umbrella. In the 70s, African beats were hugely influenced by the works of Ghanaian Afro-rock band Osibisa and the Nigerian Afro-beat star Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Now Afrobeats music is the new intentional wave of virulent music reaching outside of the continent and into the rest of the world. Sarkodie, FuseODG, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi, Olamide, and also DJ Abrantie have played a huge role in Afro-beats. As Afrobeats swells, afro-dance cannot be sidelined. The two go hand in hand, and true global conquest can be accomplished when the two factions operate seamlessly with each other. West Africans have always had a culture of rhythms and moves, hence why the new breed of Afro-dancers on the ground in Africa are burgeoning and blooming on the international scene with their dance moves through social media.
One of our favourites is the addictive dance routines by @cocainnaofficial
Cocainna is a professional dancer, model and choreographer based in London. She makes dance covers for Afrobeats songs and also organizes physical dance classes. A model as well as a dance influencer, Cocainna’s Instagram is a display of dance and slay. You can follow her @cocainnaofficial.
To work with Coca contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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