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For the culture: Reggae, Afro-Latin and Afrobeat music make a comeback

Beenie Man performs at Reggae Sumfest 2015 during International Night Two of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay, St James, Jamaica. (Photo credit: Sistarazzi for Steed Media)

As the summer approaches and music lovers develop their playlists for the season, we can’t ignore the resurgence of reggae, Afro-Latin and Afrobeat music. Accents of Afrobeat and reggae fusion tracks are showing up in the most unlikely places. Here are a few examples below:

Anthony Ramos (l-r), Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, DeWanda Wise, and Cindy Holland attend Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It” season 2 premiere at Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn on May 23, 2019, in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Netflix)

 “She’s Gotta Have It” infused cultural references of Latin and Afrobeats throughout the show’s second season, which features artists like Brazil’s Sérgio Mendes’ song “Magdalenha.” Netflix has followed this recipe on more than one show in their lineup with “Oh Yay” by Olatunji featured in the movie See You Yesterday.

Father of Asahd album cover (Photo credit: Epic Records)

DJ Khaled starts his album Father of Asahd with the reggae-charged “Holy Mountain,” putting the spotlight on one of the greatest reggae acts of all time, Buju Banton, partnered with Sizzla, Mavado, and 070 Shake. The song has you feeling like an extra on “Belly” or puts you in the mindset to do something epic.

To supercharge your playlist, Amara La Negra continues to bring the fire with her 2018 single “What a Bam Bam.” The single samples instrumentals from the Sister Nancy classic “Bam Bam.”

Amara La Negra (Image source: Instagram – @amaralanegraaln)

Newcomer and Nigerian transplant TeeManay, aka Young Icon, is coming back strong on the heels of his recent LP Timeless. His music is in direct alignment with the season. Songs like “Rotate” and “Maya Maya” will set the perfect background for summer festival season as you confidently exchange social media information and slide in those DMs.

The best part about the influx of these genres is the calm that the music brings. The music provides a quality of instrumentation that the music industry has strayed away from in recent years.