On April 2, 2021, an Afrobeats documentary film produced by filmmaker and culture custodian, Ayo Shonaiya will be released. It is titled, 'Afrobeats: The Back Story.'

The film, which was powered by Boomplay, documents the growth, evolution and export of the Afrobeats genre in Africa. It also features interviews from various culture custodians, artistes, and music producers.

The story of Afrobeats has been disputed. A whole generation of music enthusiasts are victims of the disconnect between print media and online media. As such, the history of the steaming ‘Afrobeats’ movement has been subject to opinions, falsehoods and even western interpretations.

Boomplay to release Ayo Shonaiya's Afrobeats documentary. (Boomplay)
Boomplay to release Ayo Shonaiya's Afrobeats documentary. (Boomplay)

This documentary aims to put roots to the history of Nigerian music, with timelines, first-hand accounts and insights into the evolution of Nigerian music. Over the years, Boomplay has been a core influencer of Nigerian music.

As the largest music streaming platform in Sub-Saharan Africa, the company has powered several activations across Africa. In Nigeria, it supported occasions like Felabration, Tiwa Savage's '49- 99', Burnaboy’s African Giant album release event, and several other African artiste’s album release events.

In 2019, Boomplay also launched a nationwide campus tour that rewarded artists and brought premium music to students at reduced costs.

The platform has also powered several talk shows and projects for upcoming artists. To support the documentary, Boomplay will also launch a playlist.

The film will premiere at Filmhouse Cinema, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.

About Boomplay

Boomplay to release Ayo Shonaiya's Afrobeats documentary. (Boomplay)
Boomplay to release Ayo Shonaiya's Afrobeats documentary. (Boomplay)

Boomplay is a music streaming and download service owned by Transsnet Music Limited. Boomplay houses millions of songs, videos and entertainment news, connecting music lovers with their favorite songs anytime, anywhere.

It currently has over 56 million monthly active users and has been downloaded over 100million times on the Google Play Store. The service is currently available for Web Android and iOS use.

The app, which won the Best African App at the 2017 Apps Africa Awards, allows its users to stream and download their favorite songs and videos, as well as subscribe to flexible daily, weekly or monthly plans to access premium features such as ad-free streaming.

Over the years, different payment platforms have been introduced so music lovers are able to pay for music via mobile money and bank cards. As the Home of Music, Boomplay aims to empower the African music eco-system to unlock its full potential.

Upon release, social media users can use any of these hashtags #BoomplayxAfrobeats and #AfrobeatsTheBackstory.