Audio

Afrobeats Meets Grime in This New Jam From Atumpan & Big Narstie

Ghanaian singer Atumpan teams up with UK grime star Big Narstie for the afrobeats meets grime banger "We Like It."

Atumpan is coming in hot from the release of his club single “Watch Nobody” earlier this summer.


The Ghanaian singer returns today with “We Like It,” an afrobeats meets grime dance floor collaboration with UK grime star Big Narstie.

The new single is a hotpot of dance rhythms that build on Atumpan’s West African influences—there’s mentions of azonto and shoki in there—with Big Narstie sounding right at home over the afrobeats and dancehall concoction.

Along with the single, the pair are sharing a video of them performing Atumpan’s big hit “The Thing” and “We Like It” for a packed crowd at Reading Festival.

Peep the video to see Atumpan and a shirtless Big Narstie perform their afrobeats and grime—(Afrogrime?... nope, I’ll show myself out)—track to the UK masses.

Check out “We Like it” above.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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