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SoundCloud SoundCloud Next Wave: Exploring UK Afrobeats, The Emerging Sound Keeping London Moving

“Different Settings,” the latest installment of SoundCloud Next Wave, premieres today – watch below! This episode spotlights the UK’s rising Afrobeats scene, diving headfirst into the genre’s unpredictable fusion of sounds and its many substyles, from the percussive blast of Afro Trap and Afro Swing to the trippy Afro Wave and beyond.

Viewers are taken on a ride through London’s streets as Afro B, one of the genre’s key figures, meets with the innovative and globally-influenced artists who are spiking their West African roots with dancehall, hip-hop, and grime. Afro B has seen the genre’s rise first-hand, noting that “in the beginning of the scene, literally every artist would upload their song on SoundCloud and would literally get a million plays.”

Featured artists include UK Afrobeats pioneers Belly Squad, a trio comprised of Ross, Ty and Yung Max; Yxng Bane, a rising East London artist blending R&B sensibilities with Congolese melodies; and Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, an emerging Afro Swing artist shaped largely by his Nigerian background.

“Different Settings” traces Afrobeats’ founding and tells the story of artists who stayed true to their heritage, found their voices, and inadvertently reinvented the sound of London’s dance floors. Now these artists are taking their homegrown movement further, using SoundCloud – which as Yxng Bane points out has “made it easier for the whole world, it’s just a click away” – to propel their music and the UK Afrobeats genre worldwide. 

SoundCloud Next Wave highlights the exciting local creator communities being shaped, shared, and celebrated on SoundCloud everyday. Previous episodes tapped into local scenes emerging in Brazil (“Visão”), New York City (“Extended Mix”), Toronto (“Northern Stars”), and Los Angeles’ (“Degenerate Generation”).

Stay tuned for the final episode of the year, spotlighting Berlin, premiering on December 13th.

SoundCloud Now play private tracks seamlessly on mobile

Today we’re giving creators even more flexibility on how they share their music on SoundCloud, adding seamless mobile playback of private tracks via the SoundCloud app.

Private sharing is used by millions of SoundCloud creators everyday to collaborate with other creators, share brand new music with a label or publicist, or offer fans an invite-only first-listen of their latest track. It’s just one of the ways that SoundCloud gives creators control over how their work is shared with the world.

Want to learn how to get started with private sharing?

  • Open the privacy settings for any of your tracks by clicking on the ‘pen’ icon below the waveform on the web or on SoundCloud Pulse app.
  • Next, click the bubble next to ‘private’ or ‘public.’
  • Once your track is set to ‘private’, you can use the ‘share’ button to send.
  • Recipients can open the secret link you’ve shared and play the private track on the SoundCloud app, mobile web, and web.

SoundCloud SoundCloud’s recommendations get you plays and now you can see it for yourself

Today, we’re thrilled to roll out even more stats for creators. The latest update shows where and how often your tracks are receiving plays from SoundCloud’s recommendation features–Related Tracks, Stations and The Upload. These algorithmically-driven recommendation features give you more insight into where your plays on SoundCloud are coming from. If you’re a creator on SoundCloud, log on to the web or SoundCloud Pulse now to see where your plays are coming from on SoundCloud.

So how can you get more plays? Keep uploading. The more you upload, the more likely they’ll appear in recommendation features that connect creator’s with listeners who will love your content. 

We’re continuously working to provide more tools, features and insights to creators on the platform. Today’s news follows recent updates including playlist stat and top listeners, cities and countries stat to Pulse.

Check back often for more news and updates!