How To Compose Afro-Pop Songs.

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In order to be a successful musician in Africa, you have to really understand what genre of music you are into, as well as how to compose songs like the professionals in your genre who are already making waves.

In this article we are going to focus on how to compose a particular genre of music which is dominating the African soil called Afro-Pop.

What is Afro-Pop:

Afro-Pop music is known to have it’s origin from West Africa, predominantly Nigeria and Ghana.

Afro-Pop evolved from AfroBeats which came into existence in the 70’s and was made popular by the legendary Nigerian singer ‘Fela Kuti’.

It is worthy to note that ever since AfroBeats evolved to Afro-Pop, scores of music genres which includes: hip-hop, RnB, funk, jazz, reggae, dancehall and even African traditional music have been fused into Afro-Pop.

Therefore, Afro-Pop has no doubt taken over nearly every genre of African music, and evidence can be seen in the mainstream success achieved by African-Based musicians who have gone as far as collaborating with their western counterparts.

Having understood what Afro-Pop music is, in case you didn’t; let us quickly move on to discover how you can properly format your Afro-Pop lyrics.

How To Compose Afro-Pop Songs.

Composing Afro-Pop music is very easy because the lyrics are usually very short and easy to flow along with.

Afro-Pop is usually formatted in the following order:

Intro

Verse 1

Pre-Chorus

Chorus

Verse 2

Pre-Chorus (Repeat)

Chorus(Repeat)

Bridge

Repeat Pre-Chorus and Chorus till fade.

I’ve seen so many artiste making the mistake of composing very long verses for their Afro-Pop songs, and for that reason let me outline 2 Afro-Pop songs for you to to examine and use them as a guide to properly compose your own Afro-Pop songs.

DaVido Aye Lyrics

Intro.

Le le le
Le le le le le le le
A le le
A le le o le

[Chorus:]

Aa yeee
(Oya shekele)
Aaa yeee
Cause you want my love o
She no want designer
She no want Ferarri
She say na my love o
You belong to meee
And I belong to her o
babyyy
You go killie somebody
They say love is blind
but I dey see am for your eyes o
Aa for your eyes o

[Verse 1:]

She fine pass Darego
She dey do like Ronaldo
My sweetie poraro (potato)
Ha! Eminado
She like e my song
She like e my song
Her favorite artiste na David O
David O
And I like what I see
I like what I see
Baby girl just come come balance for me
Come balance for me

Pre-Chorus

Yes
Aaa
Cause nobody can love you like I do
Nobody can touch e you like I do
Nobody can love you like I do
Nobody can touch you like I do

Chorus

Aa yeee
(Alelelele)
Aaa yeee
Cause you want my love o
Aa yee
(Oya shekele mama)
Aaa yee
Cause you want my love o
She no want designer
She no want Ferarri
She say na my love o
You belong to meee
And I belong to her o
babyyy
You go killie somebody
They say love is blind
but I dey see am for your eyes o
Aa for your eyes o
They say love is blind
but I dey see am for your eyes o o o o
for your eyes o

Verse 2

The baddest!
Baby girl you the baddest
Oya shakee your asset
Make e man no go forget
Emergency!
Baby you cause emergency
Baby you loose your manners
Baby you the latest e
Oya gbe si oun, dancee
Oya gbe down gently
Oya dey dancee,legendary
Oya gbe si oun for them

Pre-Chorus

Cause nobody can love you like I do
Nobody can touch e you like I do
Nobody can love you like I do
Nobody can touch you like I do

Chorus

Aa yeee
(Alelelele)
Aaa yeee
Cause you want my love o
Aa yee
(Oya shekele mama)
Aaa yee
Cause you want my love o
She no want designer
She no want Ferarri
She say na my love o
You belong to meee
And I belong to her o
Babyyy
You go killie somebody
They say love is blind
but I dey see am for your eyes o
Aa for your eyes o
They say love is blind
but I dey see am for your eyes o o o o
for your eyes o
Tspize
O.B.O baddest
Its all about love baby.

Sometimes the songs don’t usually have a Pre-Chorus and is more simple like the one below.

Naira Marley – Aye Lyrics

Intro.

Yo!
Yo Rexxie pon this one

[Verse 1]

Shebi tele tele, lama fo fun won wipe
k’oma wa l’oru, toripe awa ti jade
Amo ni sinyi o,
ton ba wa losan,  ton ba wa loru,
Awa n be ni be, awa o de le fo fun won
Toripe awa Tingasa, awa o de le sa fun won

[Chorus]
Aye yi o le o, (Aye yi o le)
Aye lo m’aye le, (Aye lo m’aye le)
Ninu aye lo ti di f’aye, Aye lo m’aye le,
(Aye lo m’aye le)

Aye yi o le o, (Aye yi o le)
Aye lo m’aye le, (Aye lo m’aye le)
Ninu aye lo ti di f’aye, Aye lo m’aye le,

[Verse 2]
O n pe Oku iya yi ni, *eyin le ma sin iya yin*
Oku your mother, *eyin le ma sin iya yin*
Oku momsi yin, *eyin le ma sin iya yin*
Oku your Mama, *eyin le ma sin iya yin*
Nigba tin jale, tin mo ba teni kan je, ti mo ni ti’re ma da,
E’kon binu ori lasan,
Ori ma mu won,
Owo ma ba won,
Ti olorun ba ti gba’dura mi, Bukata mi a fu’ye

[Chorus]
Aye yi o le o, (Aye yi o le)
Aye lo m’aye le, (Aye lo m’aye le)
Ninu aye lo ti di f’aye, Aye lo m’aye le,
(Aye lo m’aye le)

Aye yi o le o,
Aye lo m’aye le,
Ninu aye lo ti di f’aye, Aye lo m’aye le,

[Outro]
Ninu aye lo ti di f’aye, Aye lo m’aye le,
Yo!
Aye yi o le o,
Aye lo m’aye le, (Yo! Rexxie one this one)
Ninu aye lo ti di f’aye, (Yo!) Aye lo m’aye le,

Yo! Yo!

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I hope you will use this formating and give your music that professional touch that will put you on the frontline of upcoming artiste who are capable of attracting industry heads with their music.

I also advise you to download more lyrics of Afro-Pop songs and the music and study more of the formatting to understand more on this topic.

Good Luck!

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