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Obi Asika releases Afrobeats documentary on Showmax, unveils playlist 

By Chinonso Ihekire
25 June 2022   |   3:49 am
As Afrobeats continues to glimmer in the global centre stage, there is a vital need to properly document its history. This is the same rationale that has nudged the founder of Storm Records, Obi Asika, to produce and release a 10-part documentary series dubbed, Journey of the Beats, on the digital video streaming service, Showmax.

As Afrobeats continues to glimmer in the global centre stage, there is a vital need to properly document its history. This is the same rationale that has nudged the founder of Storm Records, Obi Asika, to produce and release a 10-part documentary series dubbed, Journey of the Beats, on the digital video streaming service, Showmax.

In celebrating its release, Showmax has also announced that each episode of the series would be complemented by a Spotify playlist. The playlist to the first episode dubbed, Origins and the Switch Up is curated by Ed Keazor, co-director and producer on Journey of the Beats and a historian, lawyer and musician.

This Spotify playlist of 103 songs straddles the grooves that made Nigeria dance from the dawn of time, with traditional drum and melodic tunes, through to the birth of modern popular music in the 1920s.
The playlist covers the birth of highlife music, through to the influence of Latin and Caribbean genres like rhumba and calypso, US jazz, soul, RnB and funk, as well as the birth of a uniquely Nigerian sound, with juju, highlife, Fuji, and Afrobeat.

The Journey of the Beats is a once-in-a-lifetime story that explores the origin and evolution of Afrobeats and black music. It chronicles this important history through the voices of music historians and some of Nigeria’s most prominent artists, such as 2Baba, P-Square, Onyeka Onwenu, Daddy Showkey, Flavour, and D’Banj, among others.