Wafrobeat – you heard it here first

I’ve noticed a few bands like Vampire Weekend and Foals being described in terms of their influences coming from specific African music, or what I think is called afrobeat. I always think of it as the very long widdly African guitar stuff John Peel used to play in the late hours – that’s basically my only experience. Anyway the other day someone was asking if there is a name for it, and if not, it seems logical for it to be called Wafrobeat. As in ‘white afrobeat’ (we already have ‘wafro’ from white boys having big afro style haircuts). Anyway that’s my tuppence worth of cultural insight today.

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