It’s official: Afro house is the new Beatport-approved genre of 2017

Back in August, Beatport added those seriously overdue bass genres. Now the DJ download store has rolled out another new category to round out 2017 for the 4/4 crowd: Afro House.

The store made the announcement today, crediting the sound’s prominence on global dancefloors. The Afro House section will boast new releases from top labels that cover the sound in their output, such as Keinemusik, Rise Music, Rebirth and Tribe Records, run by scene ambassador Zepherin Saint.

Beatport’s move reflects a growing interest in African rhythms and organic instrumentation among European DJs. It’s a sound you’ll hear in Dixon’s club sets and Henrik Schwarz’s recent Essential Mix, as well as productions from the likes of Jimpster, Bodhi and Pablo Fierro. Leading the charge are stalwarts like Culoe De Song, Osunlade and Manoo, with Black Coffee arguably the best-known DJ repping South Africa on a world stage.

The current Number 1 in Afro House is ‘Muye’ by the Keinemusik team of Rampa, Adam Port and &Me. The Top 10 also includes Dixon’s mix of Vermont’s ‘Dschuna’, Trikk’s Innervisions release ‘Bela’ and more. In a statement, Beatport Chief Product Officer Terry Weerasinghe says the page will represent the latest evolutions in the sound: “In order to do it right, we’ve collaborated closely with the labels and artists at the forefront of the movement.

“Our dedicated team will curate the best Afro House tracks every week, and spotlight the artists you need to know about.”