Olushola Ajose, otherwise known as Afrikan Boy, makes music that reflects his life experience, brilliantly fusing the hard-hitting grime of his South-East London home with the classic highlife funk of his Nigerian roots.
As a teenager, he first came to attention with the track ‘One Day I Went To Lidl’, a hopelessly catchy tune chronicling successive shoplifting excursions to the budget supermarket. Among those paying attention was M.I.A. who took him out on the road for her world tour. He's since contributed to the work of DJ Shadow, while also bagging a window seat aboard the Africa Express alongside the likes of Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti, Damon Albarn and Fatoumata Diawara.
As the summer of 2013 was winding up, Afrikan Boy dropped the Fela Kuti sampling ‘Hit Em Up’, the first single of his highly anticipated debut LP, 'The ABCD', released on his own label YAM Records. The track spent 6 weeks on BBC 6Music A-list playlist, championed by Lauren Laverne.
Afrikan Boy will be traveling to Sudan to play at the Green Yard in Khartoum, a vibrant city where the White and Blue Niles meet before continuing its onward journey to Egypt. A second date will see them performing in Port Sudan, a port city and capital of the Red Sea state in the North East of the country.
British Council are supporting Afrikan Boy performing in Sudan as part of an ongoing cultural exchange programme that connects UK & Sudanese artists and audiences.