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Watch the New Documentary On Wizkid's Sold Out London Show at Royal Albert Hall

Watch the From Lagos to London show documentary from Boiler Room TV.

Last October, Wizkid performed a sold-out show at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall.

The night saw the Nigerian superstar play an electrifying set to thousands of fans. It featured DJ Tunez, cameos from the likes of Wande Coal and had fellow Nigerian artists like Skepta and Tinie Tempah in attendance.


One of its highlights was when Wizkid got the sold out London crowd to light up the hall with their phones for "Ojuelegba."

The concert was live streamed by Boiler Room TV, who are now teasing a new documentary surrounding the show titled, From Lagos to London.

While Wizkid wasn't the first African artist to sell out the legendary venue, as many Twitter users claimed, he did become the first afrobeats act to do so—yet another sign of the rising popularity of the genre worldwide.

Watch the trailer for Wizkid: From Lagos to London below.

Update Jan 5, 2018: Watch the full, 16-minute From Lagos to London documentary underneath now. It features clips from the sold out concert as well as short interviews with Wizkid.

Read more: The 20 Essential Wizkid Songs

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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