It’s quarter to 1 on the tube and I’m scrambling about trying to grab bits and pieces of internet.
I’m scrolling through twitter and spot someone actually tweeting our top 5 for Africa is a Country.
I don’t know who this is, I’m truly appreciative of the support. I want to cry on the tube. The drunk English people surrounding me would look, point and stare. I wouldn’t care in this moment i am I incredibly happy.
As a diaspora kid i wished I grew up with sites like AIAC. Sites that recognise the power of the continent and draw people closer through this information.
All I wanted to do as a kid was assimilate, it’s exactly what my parents wanted. Both of them struggled hard in order for me to live that life. My posh English accent was the happy accident that they cherished. My loss of a feeling of home was not their fault but a symptom of a system that favoured foreign people shedding their heritage to become British.
I did and in doing so lost touch with my homeland.
Part of me reconnecting with home (and it is my home even though I may never live there) was and is music. It was always the best way for me to connect with anything. I am a child who moved every two years growing up, music was 1 of my few constants.
To be able to share not only my but Kazabon’s love of this music makes me incredibly proud. As we, along with others, attempt to grow this incredibly niche thing into something bigger we will meet the naysayers, the thieves and more head on.
To them I say move. We don’t have time for you. A lot of people were impressed with Neptizzle’s piece on why Afrobeats will not die out. He is right it’s bigger than the UK industry. There will always be functions with your favourite aunt and uncle to provide music for. This music grew to prominence without the UK music industry.
This is something that will always help the diaspora connect with home. In a very small way I’m proud that we are able to do the same.