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L.I.F.E. – Leav­ing an Im­pact for Eter­nity Burna Boy (Aris­tokrat Records, 2013)

The young Nige­rian rap­per and singer be­came one of the first big stars of Afrobeats, draw­ing on Ja­maican dance­hall sounds and US hip-hop as much as his fel­low coun­try­man Fela Kuti.

Moves: The Sound of UK Afrobeats Var­i­ous Artists (REMI Record­ings, 2017)

A zeit­geist-grab­bing 21-track com­pi­la­tion of new artists and crews bub­bling on the UK un­der­ground. This rep­re­sents a rare op­por­tu­nity to find so many of them all in one place.

High Street Kid Mos­tack (Miz­erMil­lion En­ter­tain­ment, 2017)

Lon­don-born young­ster, a peer and col­lab­o­ra­tor of J Hus, Mos­tack ex­em­pli­fies the swag­ger of the UK’s new sound. It’s a blend of Amer­i­can rap, R&B and West African in­flu­ences, with a hint of reg­gae.

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