The new African beat set to get Europe dancing

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David Simon Martret & Blanca

Afrobeats has dominated African pop charts for the last few years – but now it faces a challenger for its crown.

Afro EDM – “Electronic Dance Music” – is zipping towards the main spotlight in all its frenetic glory.

Its mix of percussive electronic music genres – think house, techno, drum and bass, and trance – combined with the funk and soul of Afrobeats is winning fans around the globe.

And it is easy to see why: put simply, if Afrobeats makes the heart beat, then Afro EDM will probably make it race.

‘Rough but creative’

Afro EDM has actually been around for decades, with young people in South Africa using kwaito to express their…

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