My first impressions of London were a hub of cultural diversity, eccentricity and quirkiness. I remember being put on a plane from Lagos, finding myself in north London, trying to figure out how to make the perfect Bacon Sarnie.
Ahead of their free entry gig at London's Southbank Centre this Friday, London Afrobeat Collective spill the beans on their latest release Food Chain.
How pathetic was I to feel so excited by seeing a young black man, whom I don't even know, on a high brow news programme? How depressing that in 2014 it's still a big deal; that we take to twitter to scream "there's a black person on", something our parents were doing 30 or 40 years ago. Why are we still doing it today?
This vibrant raucous second single from the 4-piece band Benin City does just that with a massive cherry on top! Named after the Nigerian state capital, this London-based band consists of the members: Theo Buckingham (drums), Faye Treacy (Trombone/BVs), Tom Leaper (Tenor Saxophone/Samples/Synths) and Joshua Idehen (Vocals). Although they have only been going since 2009, the tight musical chemistry as demonstrated in their material since then, and this current single, is second to none and really inspiring to hear from such a "young" band.
From the streets of Accra to the clubs in Abuja, shops in South Africa to the public transport in Kenya comes a new genre of music that is thumping in clubs worldwide - Afrobeats. If you like music that is different, unique, organic yet modern, with no boundaries, energetic and fused with modern genres without losing its actual identity then you need look no further than Afrobeats. Afrobeats is the sound of young Africa which is growing in popularity through out the UK and the world. The genres name stems Nigeria's Afrobeat which was made popular by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen in the 70's.