How Afrobeats conquered the UK in 2018

Ben Homewood

Mr Eazi can’t help but smile. He’s trying to explain the surge in popularity of African sounds in the UK, and he’s enjoying the challenge.

“It’s a mix of everything. The dance, the cheekiness in the lyrics, the general vibe,” says the 27-year-old Nigerian. “There is no guideline. I could [sing] on your record and go into gibberish. The rawness of that, when people hear it they can feel the energy. It’s the fact that you can’t predict how it ...

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