why Reggae (and most of the genres therein) are so much more widely accepted than Afropop (including Afrobeat, soukous, coupe decale, etc). I mean, to my ear, they are both on the same level. I honestly don't see how you could like one and not the other. Language difference aside, there are a helluva lot of similarities. Yet Reggae gets its own section while Afropop is lumped into World Music. I must admit though, the african stations on Pandora have improved tremendously in the past year. I don't know what to attribute that to. Imagine my surprise when i typed in WizKid and something actually popped up. A year ago, the only thing that came up was Wiz Khalifa lol.
This, to me at least, is a subset of a larger issue of "foreign black acceptability". I just made that up (i think), don't let me catch you using it anywhere else! In the US at least, if you say you're from the Caribbean, its not a big deal. but good heavens, say you're from anywhere in Africa and you might as well have said you were from one Saturn's moons. If i had gone the sociology route, this certainly would have been in my thesis/dissertation as it has been a topic that has interested me for a long time.
I wonder if anyone has ever done any research on this. I'm off to Google Scholar to see if anyone has.
Welcome to July, the second half of 2013 has begun :)