Learn A Simple But Effective Afro Beat Drum Beat

Afro Beat is a style originating from Yoruba music influences, fused with jazz, and funk and one that really came to prominence in the 1970s.

Nigerian musician Fela Kuti is often credited with coining the term ‘Afrobeat’ and was certainly a major player in the development of this style.

And it is Fela Kuti’s original drummer, Tony Allen, that we often think of when we think of Afrobeat. He was instrumental in developing the grooves that we associate with this music.

As well as playing with Fela Kuti, Allen has released music under his own name as well as playing in The Good, The Bad, and The Queen with Damon Albarn.

As a little introduction into the style the drum beat video lesson below demonstrates an Afrobeat style groove and breaks it down slowly in sections so that you can learn it easily.

It features the two consecutive sixteenth note snare drums (here shown on beat one and three) that are a big part of such a groove. Have fun with it, learn the beat, experiment and make it your own, but also go and listen to real Afrobeat with the likes of Tony Allen playing drums. Absorb it and make it a part of your drumming vocabulary.