Much water has flowed under the bridge since “One Day I Went to Lidl”. Back in 2010, Afrikan Boy was a playful proto-grime young prophet, spreading his rhymes and beats around Woolwich and South-East London.
Almost 10 years later, we will enjoy his show at the Pizza Express Live in Holborn, where he will bring together his musical past, present and arguably future in an exciting solo performance.
Since that almost universal song, overplayed by radios and with millions of views on YouTube and plays on MySpace, Afrikan Boy and his sounds have changed profoundly, seeking re-discovery and unearthing his West African musical heritage.
Peppeh Sounds Vol 1, his second album released in early 2018, saw him changing his clothes from a London born-and-bred music icon to an African diaspora one. Grime, despite still being a constant in Afrikan Boy’s music, has gradually made way for afrobeat, Afro-funk and jazz. The MC from Woolwhich has fully embraced his roots, and you’ll have the pleasure to listen to them on Wednesday 5th June in Holborn.
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