UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, the Movement and their Legacy

UK Afrobeats: The Pioneers, the Movement and their Legacy
Saturday 14 October, 6.30pm-9.30pm
£7, £5 concessions
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Afrobeat music is not a new sound. Its stylistic features can be found in percussion developed from talking drum, chanted song and the call-and response techniques which have emerged from old cultural traditions.

Initially popularised and transported around the world by musical legends, such as Fela Kuti and Dele Somi, at a time where old ideas of an African past battled with future visions of the modern nation, we can begin to appreciate how afrobeat music formed an important part of a people’s cultural heritage.

More than 30 years later, a new wave of afrobeats with its multitude of features, styles, and sonic variations is sweeping the airwaves of the UK. The rise of UK afrobeats marks a new chapter in our musical history as Black British music is becoming re-africanised by a generation of young and talented artists. But, how did this shift occur?

Join us as our powerful panel of pioneering UK afrobeat musicians including Afrikan Boy, Timbo, Mr Silva, and P Montana discuss how they influenced the music scene at a time when it was not cool to rap or sing with an African accent.



African Boy is an MC who explored the afrobeats in the early 2000s when most urban artists leaned towards grime and garage music. His sound has often been described as a fusion of hip-hop, grime and afrobeat.

Timbo is a rapper, singer, and singer-songwriter known for introducing ‘Afro-hop’ to the UK scene. He has a large local, national and international following and is currently touring around the world with FUSE ODG.

Mista Silva is an acclaimed musician, MOBO-nominee, model, and singer songwriter who uses his Ghanaian roots to infuse his afrobeat music with a unique perspective. He is often attributed to spearheading the UK afrobeat scene and has been active since 2011 when he debuted with his Full Vim EP.

P Montana has just sold out a headline show at the O2 Islington and is set to tour the world with his powerful and renowned DJ sets. Following the recent release of his EP, titled P Montana Loves Afrobeats, he has received over 300k plays on soundcloud and gained airplay on BBC 1Xtra and Capital Xtra.

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