Words By: Jonah Hammond
I can feel the Afro beats pumping through the concrete, shaking my shoes. I can see teens in yeezys taking photos with their analog cameras and grown men in tights making their way to the whatever fabulous party they’re planning to attend. Just your average Sunday night on Oxford street, I guess.
I first heard about ‘Sauti Systems’ through some random repost on IG. I clicked through a few stories until I found the origin, I think I replayed the ad maybe 4 times? Something had caught my attention, I quickly whipped out shazam and promptly found it was Burna Boy, a nigerian Afro Fusion artist. I couldn’t get it out of my head. The music felt heavily swayed by a variety of scenes and artists from around the globe, with a solid undertone of African influence. It was different. Cool. And I wanted to get amongst it.
Months later I find myself making my way down the concrete stairs of the Oxford underground with my dancing shoes tightly laced and fluro green club arm band wrapped around my wrist. Sauti Systems are finally playing.