Words by Robert Bruce for SpiceUK Online.
2015 was a strong year for Afrobeats, both worldwide and in the UK. From Patoranking’s My Woman My Everything to Kwamz & Flava’s Go Mad we were definitely on our feet, not to mention the Wizkid, Skepta and Drake link-up. A lot of songs with the potential to be classic came out and in years to come 2015 will definitely been seen as a very influential year in Afrobeats. In the UK there has definitely been a new wave of ‘Afro-Rap’ and the ‘Is that actually Afrobeats?’ debate has continued. Is it possible to add Tion Wayne to the list of artists to watch? We'll let you have your opinion on that, but for now here are our Afrobeats artists to watch in 2016.
18 year old SK is a talented emerging artist from the UK. Steadily building his following SK already has a fan base, including the SpiceUK Online team, pushing and support his music. The quality of his tracks this year have been consistent, including a popular favorite Independent Girl. His latest track Mr Man is also doing well with the figures, check it out.
It’s your boy Eaaazi! Another favorite Afrobeat proliferator out at the moment, Mr Eazi from GH is having a great year. With the right producer and instrumental Eazi seems to release hit after hit. A favortie track of his from last year has to be SkinTight, the drop that had everyone going crazy. Check out his latest track, Sample You.
30 year-old Seyi Shay is no stranger to the music industry. She’s written for the likes of Melanie C and Chip, and has had a couple of record deals in her time including one from Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles. But it wasn’t till she took to her roots that people started to notice her. Shay has been infusing her music with a sure Caribbean influence. 2016 looks promising for her as she is now signed to Island Records in the UK and is planning to release a killer album.
The Lionel Messi of Afrobeats. These days whatever he touches turns to gold. Probably the most in demand UK Afrobeats artists at the moment, if you see Afro B’s name on the track you stop everything and listen to what he has to say. We are very excited to see what 2016 has in store for Afro B, or should we say what Afro B has in store for 2016. We can also finally mention Tion Wayne! Twitter detectives tell us the two have a few tracks planned for the near future. Some international artists we can also see a collabo with are – R2Bees, Lil Kesh and Stonebwoy? hmmm…
AfroB's latest release Never Give Up came out on Christmas Day, touching the hearts of his fans. Press Play.
HIESHH BOOMSHUA! Possibly the most exciting team in the UK right now. The group everyone wants to book; raw energy, creative flows and all round general good vibes #IRAYMVMT is more than music. From production to merchandise, design, dance and music, the group has a bit of everything, and for us the best part is the crew are all young. We first came across Jaij Hollands from his track ‘Everyday Afrobeats‘ featuring SK (above) in 2014. You may know K Weezy from Che Che Kulu and Prof from the recent #KUBULORFREESTYLE‘s. 2015 has definitely been a definitive year for the group. Most people I talk to say it was the performance at Ghana Party in The Park that raised IRAYMVMT’s profile. Last year their tracks Pinga, and Back2Back (collaborating with Afro B and NSG) were very popular and recent net video ‘Enter Your Lane’ as seen good reactions. Check out their latest release, ‘Back To Sender’ on P Montana Loves Afrobeats.
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