Afro pop music

For African popular music in general, see African popular music.

Afro pop music, also spelled Afropop music, is a genre of African popular music that originated in its contemporary form in Africa.


Miriam Makeba, one of the famous singers to emerge from the African continent, is often credited with being instrumental to Afro pop music's rapid growth, particularly during the 1960s.[1] Most of her songs revolved around the notions of freedom and equality.[2][3] William Ruhlmann of AllMusic, while reviewing Makeba's debut eponymous album, described her as a "black singer with an exotic, folk-based repertoire who could translate her music into a sophisticated club act."[4] Her first major breakthrough in the United States came in 1967, when "Pata Pata" reached No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard charts. She has been identified as "the Empress of African Song", "Mama Africa" and "the Mother of Afropop".[5]

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  1. Love, Dave. "Miriam Makeba". JazzTimes. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. D'Ambrosio, Antonio (9 January 2013). "How the Creative Response of Artists and Activists Can Transform the World". The Nation. The Nation Company, L.P. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. DeWitt, Karen (11 October 2011). "Miriam Makeba, The Accidental Activist". Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  4. Ruhlmann, William. "Miriam Makeba". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. Howden, Daniel (10 November 2008). "Miriam Makeba - the Empress of Africa". The Independent. London. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
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