Doubt the Brixton crowd marks dark chapter for rising Afrobeats star Asake

Suspicion of the crowd falling in love during Asake’s performance comes two weeks after Nigerian singer-songwriter Afrobeats appeared on the BBC’s list of rising music stars.

The incident at O2 Academy Brixton that left eight people hospitalized marked a sad chapter in the rising career of one of the breakout talents of 2022.

It comes after 27-year-old Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, was nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of the Year 2023 award which recognizes groundbreaking UK artists.

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Asake nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023 (BBC/PA)

He is part of a long list of 10 strong people selected by a panel of more than 130 industry professionals and artists, including Sir Elton John, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Celeste, after building up dedicated listeners in the UK.

The Lagos-based singer, who now has 3.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, spent years in the Nigerian underground of Afrobeat before teaming up with Grammy Award-winning artist Burna Boy on the track Sungba this year.

His debut album Mr Money With The Vibe emerged at number 22 in the official UK charts upon its release in September and has been a huge commercial and critical success.

In a previous interview with Rolling Stone, Asake said, “There’s one thing you need to know about me: Everything to me is like a dream, something I’ve imagined before, so I’m not be amazed at anything that happens or to any extent. that I am. I just thank you.”

One of this year’s breakout stars, Asake has made a name for himself in his special live shows, bringing a goat on stage during a show in the US and is said to have made a name for himself. money for fans in Birmingham after being late to a show.

Ahead of the Brixton concert on Thursday, Asake, who performs in Nigeria’s two most popular languages, Yoruba and Pidgin, posted on Twitter asking fans not to come to the venue unless they have valid tickets.

The show was the third of three sold-out shows at the 4,921-capacity venue and ended a string of UK performances. Doubt the Brixton crowd marks dark chapter for rising Afrobeats star Asake

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