Samples in Afrobeats

Sampling in music, as defined by Ryan Lotte in History of a Sampling, is “the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.”

When it comes to the music, sampling old school hits is a very common thing that just about every artist has done at some point in their career and African artists are no exception. If you listen to mainstream Afrobeats, there’s a chance one of your favorite songs samples a classic; Wizkid – Jaiye Jaiye / Fela Kuti – Lady, Flavour – Ashawo / Cardinal Rex Lawson – Sawale and many more.

Below is a short video that features songs that you may not have known were samples

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