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Yxng Bane Has No Other Competition But Himself

We catch up with the UK's Afro-Swing artist as he visits the continent for the first time.

Afro-Swing is a genre that takes influence from afrobeat, pop and grime music and is slowly becoming one of the most recognizable genres in the UK today. The rise of Afro-Swing comes a generation of young artists who are embracing their African roots, while shaping their own unique lane and sound. Among this new class is East London-raised artist, Yxng Bane, who has surged the UK charts with singles like "Rihanna" and features including "Bestie" with Yungen. He even hopped on Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" track, which caught Ed's attention and became an official remix.

While his sound takes influence from his first-generation experience being raised by a Congolese mother and an Angolan father, up until December, Bane had never stepped on African soil. Growing up in Newham, Bane had an enriching, multicultural upbringing. He especially grew an affinity for Nigerian culture via his close friends and his Nigerian-British manager. So it was only right that Nigeria be his first visit and show in Africa, where he performed at the NATIVELAND Festival alongside Skepta, Davido and Burna Boy.

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