How Afrobeats has become an unstoppable musical force? In their new documentary, The Power, Terence Nelkin and Ester Boserov explore the history Afrobeats behind the music and how it’s made its way into the spotlight. “We think we’re going to look back and say…this is our legacy,” Terence says in the film. “It’s a documentary to make you look at yourself.” It was an idea a few of their friends had, and they knew they wanted to make it. And that’s exactly what they did.
“We wanted to challenge a few assumptions that people had,” Ester says. “We were making a film that goes back and starts from the start that’s like a history of this Afrobeats group, and it’s a history that we grew up with.”
It’s a history that’s very much still present in music, and something that has changed from when they were first together through their most recent projects.
“We’re all adults, we know what we’re doing,” Ester says, “We have a lot of our own responsibility. When people say ‘why are you still doing this’ or ‘it was bad in the beginning’, we have to say it’s never that bad. We’ve just changed a lot.”
The music video for their single “How Afro” was made the year they debuted together. It’s one of the most memorable videos they make. It’s all in that single. They have a lot of fun with it. Their performance was one of the most energetic ever seen. “When we put the video on and we see people dancing,” Ester says, “When we heard the feedback, it was so overwhelming that we knew it’s important for us.”
They were also inspired by their fans and decided to create something that didn’t just have to be about that song. Their debut show was a big hit, and their fans were thrilled to see them. They didn’t expect it to be that way. “The energy from all of the