Everything changes, and music is no exception. Some musicologists in the UK (yes, there are people who study and research music) observed how pop music has evolved over the years. In the late 1960s, groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones introduced the world to the rock sounds that characterized that era. This slowly morphed into electronic and synthesised sounds made popular in the discos and clubs of the 1970’s and 80s. With the mass appeal of hip-hop in the 1990s, pop songs transitioned from being very harmonious in nature to being driven by hard-hitting beats, rhythms and vocals. Pop music has pretty much stayed the same since then, largely piggy-backing wherever hip-hop takes it. It has not reinvented itself since then and now has to compete with other genres for its place on the charts.

Here in Africa, our music has also gone through some transformations. The influence of Western pop music on our traditional beats and rhythms has given birth to our beloved afro-pop and afro hip-hop. Will afro-pop, like western pop music, stay frozen with the current hip-hop sound? Will a fresh, new sound take over? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Read BBC’s Article on Evolution of Western Pop Music