Did Young Paris 'Explain Afrobeats to White People' Or Did He Just Confuse Everyone?

What does Young Paris' definition of afrobeats say to you?

What is afrobeats, exactly?

The somewhat vague term, usually used to describe the pulsating popular sounds coming out of the continent from artists like Wizkid, Davido and Tiwa Savageβ€”just to name a few, gets thrown around quite a bit in today's musical landscape.

In a short video for fashion social media platfrom,VFILES, French-Congolese singer Young Paris attempts to put an authoritative voice on the meaning of the genre. In a clip, which the artist captioned "explaining #afrobeats to white people πŸ˜‚," Paris tells us what he thinks the term "afrobeats" encompasses:

"Afrobeats is our genre, and then, there's sub-genres like afro-pop, you have afro-jazz, you got sounds from Ghana, from Nigeria, East Africa, from South Africa," says Pairs. "We all have our distinctive sound that comes from our region. So afrobeats has a dancehall, kind of, pop, feel good, African kind of ambiance to it."

He goes on to assert his status as one of the genre's "big homies."

Check out the clip below:

Explaining #Afrobeats to White People πŸ˜‚ @VFILES

A post shared by Young Paris (@youngparis) on

His comments are a fitting segue into the ongoing discussion around what gets to pass as afrobeats.Β While Young Paris' definition is quite wide-ranging, perhaps to others, afrobeats is a far more distinct and nuanced style of music.

We'd like to hear various perspectives on the matter, so we're asking you. Do you get Young Paris' point? Is afrobeats as he described, and is he one of the authorities on the matter? Is it something wholly different from what he states? Do we even really care? We're slightly confused so sound off in the comments and let us know.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Global Citizen x OkayAfrica: The Impact of Conflict on Children

An estimated 1.4 million children have been hit by schools closing in the Tigray region of Ethiopia amid conflict and crisis. Here's how that's impacting Ethiopia's children.

In times of conflict and war, school-aged children could have their futures defined by whether or not they can access education amid ongoing violence.

Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray is in the midst of a war that has impacted millions of lives and affected neighboring regions, Amhara and Afar. The war β€” which has forced citizens to flee, has tipped the region into famine, and has barricaded humanitarian aid from reaching the most vulnerable β€” has now been going on for about 11 months.

As the beginning of the school season draws nearer, safely reopening schools, making education accessible, and protecting children from the impacts of violence in the affected regions is a priority for aid agencies.

"As schools prepare to reopen in early October in most parts of the country, in Tigray and the bordering regions of Afar and Amhara, where the conflict has expanded, education remains at a standstill," Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, told Global Citizen.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


How Beauty Boy, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, Is Shattering the Expectations of Masculinity In Nigeria

Affectionately known as Lipgloss Boy, Enioluwa has become one of the most popular influencers in Nigeria β€” and he's done so without conforming to the notions of masculinity or imposed limitations on what a man should be able to do.