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The Nigerian musician Fela Kuti is credited with pioneering afrobeat in the 1960s. Fusing traditional African music with contemporary genres, the Afrobeat scene is once again exploding in Britain.
It’s a musical movement being spearheaded by the young grime artist MC Afrikan Boy – a Londoner with Lagos roots who’se been making music since the age of 15.
Now with a debut album under his belt, he will this year play to legions of fans around Europe – via Sudan and Ethiopia. It’s all a long way from singing about shoplifting in Lidl.
Boya Dee has been talking to Afrikan Boy about afrobeat, culture, identity – and where his music goes from here.
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