Afrobeats is taking over the world. Nowhere is that more clear than in Hong Kong. Sierra Leonean afrobeat singer Alhaji Massie Kallon, popularly known as Supa Massie, and famous Rwandan artist, Trisyo alongside Hong Kong-born-and-raised fastest growing artist JB released a song titled To the boat.
The song is produced by the Afroseas group, The Afroseas is one of the most popular Afrobeat groups in Asia and represents the Afrobeat genre. These two are raising Rwandan and Sierra Leonean flags in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific
In the 1970s, Nigerian artist Fela Kuti made music he called Afrobeat. These West African dance rhythms were always funky, backed by up to 70 musicians, and were very political in their scope. Afrobeats [the S is what separates the modern version] is more like the Hip Hop and R&B version of Afrobeat with a modern-day twist. Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido are selling out arenas around the world on their sound that is made for the summertime.
Since Hong Kong is one of the best places in the world to have a boat party, of course Supa Massie, Trisyo, and JB had to grab some girls and champagne and get into the harbor. The result is a frantic call to others to drop what they are doing and come out and party.
Instead of only Trap and Boom Bap, Hip Hop is expanding to include the amazing Afrobeats sounds. This goes for Asian Hip Hop, too, as JB’s Cantonese flows very nicely over those drums.
Check out JB and The Afroseas’ ‘To the Boat’ below.
This story originally appeared on liftedasia