The UK’s first ever official Afrobeats chart has launched this morning (July 21).
A special launch show for the new chart will be held on BBC Radio 1Xtra this Sunday (July 26), with the official chart then revealed every Sunday at 2pm.
Listen to a new playlist of the top 20 below.
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) July 21, 2020
Speaking of the new chart, Kofi ‘Funkz’ Kyei of MOVES Recordings, part of the team that created the new chart, says: “It has been amazing to witness over the past decade the sheer growth in African music being welcomed by the UK and the international market. A scene that defines a culture, a people and countless generations, its music has soundtracked underground culture for years, being the go-to sound in clubs, parties and communities in a way that’s shaped our very culture.
“For too long, Afrobeats artists have had to work tirelessly to get their voices heard and now African music/Afrobeats is finally being seen as a leading sound that global superstars turn to on a regular basis.
“The Official UK Afrobeats Chart will help open up the culture to new audiences, giving emerging artists the opportunity to be heard whilst celebrating the sound of a continent that has gone global. Its importance can’t be measured and I look forward to celebrating the biggest and best tracks each and every week!”
The new top 20 chart of this year’s biggest Afrobeats artists is headed up by J Hus, who tops the list with his track ‘Must Be’. Burna Boy is in at number 2 with ‘Ye’, and the likes of Yxng Bane and Not3s are also in the top ten.