Afrobeats is making waves on a global scale – thanks to the success of flavoursome bops from the likes of Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, NSG, and Davido.
In recognition of the undeniable heat, this week brings with it a landmark moment: the launch of the first Official UK Afrobeats Chart.
More on the major news below…
Initiated by the Afro Nation festival and and compiled by the Official Charts Company, the new Top 20 weekly countdown will spotlight the rapidly rising Afrobeats scene in the UK.
Most notable is that this serves as the world’s first official charts for the genre.
Set to be unveiled each week by way of new BBC 1xtra offering The Official UK Afrobeats Show, the tally will be compiled using UK sales and streaming data from over 9,000 sources, which counts physical sales, downloads, audio streams and video streams. Much like the main Top 40.
The inaugural episode of ‘The Official UK Afrobeats Show’ will broadcast live on BBC 1Xtra this Sunday (26th July) from 1pm-3pm. Its freshly unveiled hosts are Eddie Kadi, Shopsy Doo, P Montana and Danai Mavunga.
As well as counting down the first edition of the chart, it’ll feature a range of hosts and artists from around the world celebrating the premiere.
This is pretty epic! The timing is so on the mark too; for inclusion and recognition are such key necessities – now more than ever.