The first-ever official UK Afrobeats charts have been announced and guess who took the very top spot!
The unveiling took shape in the form of a radio launch on BBC 1xtra where the top 20 Afrobeats songs were unveiled.
Occupying the top spot was none other than UK based music group NSG with their hit single Grandad.
Other artists including Darkoo, Rema, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Ghana’s Kidi made the list.
The Top 20 chart will be published every Sunday thereafter at 2 pm via a weekly Spotify ‘Official UK Afrobeats Chart’ playlist, along with a bonus slot to spotlight a new release for listeners to discover.
Speaking of the new chart, Kofi ‘Funkz’ Kyei of MOVES Recordings, part of the team that created the new chart, says: “It has been amazing to witness over the past decade the sheer growth in African music being welcomed by the UK and the international market. A scene that defines a culture, a people and countless generations, its music has soundtracked underground culture for years, being the go-to sound in clubs, parties and communities in a way that’s shaped our very culture.
“For too long, Afrobeats artists have had to work tirelessly to get their voices heard and now African music/Afrobeats is finally being seen as a leading sound that global superstars turn to on a regular basis.
The Top 20 is based on Official Charts Company data, which pulls in UK sales and streaming data from over 9,000 outlets, incorporating audio and video streams, downloads and physical sales.
Check the first-ever Top 20 UK Afrobeats chart from below.