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  1. 1.
    This Is London
  2. 2.
    Black Man Statues
  3. 3.
    All My People
Rising duo Makola have their roots in Finland and Ghana but their sound, an irrepressible explosion of hip-hop and afrobeat, could only ever have been forged in London.
Meeting on an off chance in a pub in Camden, North London, rapper K Mensah and producer Pete.H bonded over their taste of music and a desire to make waves in the music industry. After experimenting with different styles and genres Makola stumbled upon a sound after revisiting the music they grew up on, Ghanaian High-Life, Hip-hop and Grime. Soon Makola’s first single was spawned, This Is London, an exhilarating blend of culture and consciousness delivered with unabashed honesty.
DJ Julie Adenuga jumped on it, hailing it as one of her “tracks of the summer”. This is London soon made it on UK mainstream radio. Radio 1’s influential Phil Taggart showcased it and so did Mista Jam, culminating in Makola becoming BBC Introducing’s act of the week. Subsequently This is London was playlisted by BBC Radio 1xtra and played by Trevor Nelson, DJ Target and the like, meanwhile Europe was feeling the vibe and major stations like Radio Fritz in Germany and Couleur3 in Switzerland played it all summer.
Second single Black Man Statues saw Makola incorporate a Grimier London sound. It found place on Spotify’s Grime Shutdown playlist and featured on Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, and as Mista Jam’s ‘Inbox Fresh’ track of the week. Soon Makola played their debut gig to a packed out Koko with an explosion of energy and adrenaline.


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