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Watch Mr Eazi's New Documentary 'Lagos to London'

The documentary explores the evolution of Nigerian music.

Mr Eazi shares his journey from phone salesman to afrobeats star in his new documentary Lagos to London, a visual component to his recently released mixtape by the same name.

The documentary explores how afrobeats became a major movement in the UK capital and features the artist as well as music experts like music critic and OkayAfrica contributor Joey Akan, Beats1 radio host Julie Adenuga, BBC 1Xtra radio host DJ Edu, and many others. "I want to shed some light on how music is consumed in Nigeria," Mr Eazi tells Rolling Stone.

"The world needs to know that the music scene in Lagos isn't just afrobeats—there's afropop, alternative music, there's a dance scene."


Lagos to London breaks down the various facets of Nigerian music and it's growing cultural influence outside of the country. "It's so funny: My music started out in Ghana, moved to the U.K. and then to Nigeria. To this day, the U.K. is my Number One streaming location on Apple Music and Spotify," says the artist.

The documentary, produced by The Swank Group, also discusses the evolution of the sound and its undeniable crossover potential. Check it out in full below.

Lagos To London: The Documentary www.youtube.com

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Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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