SV 07: The Afrobeats Connection (with Manny Mensah)

SV 07: The Afrobeats Connection (with Manny Mensah)

Update: 2018-07-29


Afrobeats artist have been making waves in the last few years, reminiscent of the rise of dancehall in the early 2000s, more people are embracing Afrobeats, especially with its sound being so closely connected with Caribbean music. In this episode, I speak with popular New York City event producer and Ghanian Manny Mensah and we discuss his journey into creating Afro-Caribbean experiences for party goers, why Afrobeats is having its moment, the “Wakanda” effect and how the music is growing in popularity.


Executive Produced by Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown of Breadfruit Media


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SV 07: The Afrobeats Connection (with Manny Mensah)

SV 07: The Afrobeats Connection (with Manny Mensah)

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