Afrikan Boy

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Last Show: Wednesday 5 th June 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

MOBO nominated Afrikan Boy is a world music artist with a 21st century edge, taking in musical influences from across the globe whilst keeping a firm foot in the native sound of his country of origin, Nigeria. His approach of combining the traditional with the contemporary has seen him share a stage with such luminaries as Seun Kuti, MIA, Damon Albarn and Baaba Maal, and even moving into theatre, adapting his break out track ‘One Day I Went to Lidl’ for the stage with a collaboration with Ballahause productions in Berlin. The stage play opened to rave reviews and ran to a packed house during its entire run. 

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There’s no identity crisis in the music of Olushola Ajose. Performing under the moniker AFRIKAN BOY (AB), he makes music that totally reflects his life experience, effortlessly combining a spectrum of sounds and influences, from Afro-beat to Jazz, Grime to Spoken word and more. Not many artists can channel the energies of Fela KutiGil Scott Heron and 2Pac, and balance them with such perfect cohesion. AB’s performance will challenge any other when it comes to the energy and passion displayed on stage. 

 With a career that has seen him share a stage with the likes of the legendary Paul McCartneyJohn Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) Baaba Maal, Damon Albarn, Seun & Femi Kuti, The Noisettes, Fatoumata Diawara and Mark Ronson, as well as release two artist albums to date, a plethora of singles and collaborations AND have his music transposed to a successful stage production; AB is definitely a powerful force within music’s arsenal. With a unique tone and heart to match, his demeanour, musical dexterity and explosive lyrics prove he is in for the long haul.