With Afrobeats music taking over the charts in recent weeks courtesy of Fuse ODG and his hit single “Antenna” which debuted at #7 on the UK singles chart, everyone that is anyone is beginning to sit up and pay close attention to the burgeoning UK Afrobeats scene and with the likes of Mista Silva, Atumpan and Moelogo all being playlisted across BBC 1Xtra and Choice FM, the massive appeal of UK Afrobeats continues to grow with major label interest even reaching fever pitch. It is now time to introduce you to some of the finest new artists that are set to take the genre by storm in the coming months and carry UK Afrobeats to its next level…
Joining them on the bill for this one-off Special event are three of the biggest UK Afrobeats groups of 2013 – WERAY ENT with their two massive singles “Masquerade” and “Ching Chang Wallah”, VIBE SQUAD, who have been featured in The Guardian and The Evening Standard and are currently on a School tour with CitySafe and sibling artist/production duo 2KRISS, who produced Amplify Dot’s massive single “King Kong” and have previously collaborated with some of the biggest Afrobeats exports like Wizkid and Ice Prince.
As the only female on this line-up of rising UK Afrobeats stars, HONEY B has Afrobeats music flowing through her veins as her father is none other than legendary award-winning Fuji musician King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1) and her two singles to date, “Sempe” and “Up Down” have quickly propelled her to the forefront of UK Afrobeats. Rounding up this very eclectic mix of new school leaders of UK Afrobeats are ASquared/Warner Music signed recording artist DIZZY aka ‘Vocal Chameleon’ and Nottingham based artist/producer ADEY, whose debut single “Beremole” featuring Tiwa Savage was one of the best Afrobeat records of 2012.
ONE MIC UK… Afrobeats Special takes place on Sunday, July 14 at Queen of Hoxton and will be hosted by award-winning DJ and Presenter, DJ ABRANTEE – BE THERE!