Afrobeat is a combination of traditional Nigerian and Ghanaian music, jazz, highlife, funk, and chanted vocals, fused with percussion and vocal styles, popularised in Africa in the 1970s.
It was named by Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Fela Kuti, who is responsible for the Nigerian influence and spreading the genre outside of Ghana. Fela used it to revolutionize musical structure as well as the political context in his native Nigeria. It was Kuti who coined the term “afrobeat” upon his return from a U.S. tour with his group Nigeria ’70 (formerly Koola Lobitos). Afrobeat features chants, call-and-response vocals, and complex, interacting rhythms. (source: wikipedia)