• Shelby Mack

Interviewing Fans of Afrobeats & Dancehall Women Artists

I strongly believe that fan base culture is extremely important to study and better understand within the field of Performance & Media Studies, especially since fans are one of the main reasons why artists are as successful as they are. Thus, I decided to expand my Creative Ethnographic Project by interviewing fans of Afrobeats and Dancehall women artists across the diaspora. I interviewed 3 people in total, two African men (from Eritrea and Ghana) and a (Trini) Black American woman.

I found several ethnographic themes that came up during each of our interviews, these included the following: cultural heritage, language barriers/dialects, African-male dominated industry, sexual politics, traditional gendered norms, gender performance, western world, internationally known, sexual expression, hyper-sexuality, conservativeness, pride, cultural roots, West African culture, East African culture, cultural sound, intimacy, relationships etc.

Here is a brief summary of the various ethnographic themes that I discovered and my own personal thoughts about fan culture and its relationship to Afrobeats and Dancehall women artists of today.


To hear specific interviews, please check the google drive that I shared with you, entitled "Performance Creative Participatory Ethnographic Project".

Amaria BB


Ayra Starr Darkoo

Stalk Ashley

Tiwa Savage


Jada Kingdom



Please check out my ongoing playlist of Afrobeats, Dancehall & Reggae women artist of today https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2Xb8aEKQguUWf6aGdG5DNJ?si=2d428bd8702c42ec

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