Introducing Phoenix Martins – Heart Strings

Introducing Phoenix Martins – Heart Strings


Phoenix Martins has just released the video for her debut single ‘Heart Strings’.  The visuals are a beautiful urban glowing nightscene with Martins taking a stroll with a red flare while she sings her floaty dreamlike new tune in her unique style; one we would describe as Lana Del Ray meets Kate Bush with a cool hipster East London vibe.  Its a stunning video that fits with the song perfectly and doesn’t distract from her amazing vocals.

The British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Phoenix Martins is set to release her debut single ‘Heartstrings’ on 24th June 2013. She has worked with an array of artists in the studio and on the road including The Noisettes, Fife Dangerfield and Ebony Bones and has featured as part of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express cross-cultural collaborations project.

The singer has also been supported by the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Wonderland, Afropunk, Earmilk etc.  The new video is ensuring Phoenix Martins gets the press attention she deserves and this week was premiered on MTV’s The Wrap Up.

Facebook: Phoenix Martins Official

Twitter: @phoenixmartins

With credits to:
Photography: Phillip Suddick

Styling: Shopfloorwhore

MUA: Sherin Adams

Phoenix Martins will be performing with INK at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston, London on 25th June 2013, you can also see Phoenix at the following live events:
26th June – Notting Hill Arts Club
2nd July – The Vibe Bar
24th July – Strongroom



On Sunday 26th May, The Indigo2, North Greenwich, played host to Choice Fm’s DJ Abrantee’s Afrobeat night ‘Afrobeat Sundays’ with live performances from Joey-B (Strawberry Ginger), D-Black (Oh Vera) and other UK Afrobeat Djs; following the success of the sold out Christmas Special.

We arrived at the night around 11pm to a bustling crowd getting down to some classic RnB and Hiphop (thinking ‘hello? where are the Afrobeats?’).  At around midnight the live performances started, with Ghanaian acts Joey-B and D-Black only doing their sets after 1am.  The performances were smooth and well rehearsed with DJ Abrantee regularly coming on stage to speak to the crowd and introduce the next artist who had flown in from Africa especially for the night.  Great Azonto dancers accompanied the singers – were they from the London Azonto all-stars?

‘Strawberry Ginger’ (featuring D-Black and E.L.) has been a massive hit for Black Avenue Muzik act Joey B.  Joey B only came onto the scene recently after featuring as an unsigned artists on D-Black’s hit tune ‘Oh Vera’.  Black Avenue Muzik signed him in a matter of months.  His new Azonto beat single ‘Benedicta’ is out soon – will he stand alone in the charts without D-Black?  Only time will tell.

D-Black performed his 2012 hit azonto tune ‘oh Vera’ (which stands for ‘very enormous round ass’) alongside Joey B.  For those of you unfamiliar with Ghanaian artist D-Black (aka Desmond Kwesi Blackmore) MTV BASE have crowned him king of GH-rap and an African Hip Hop star.

The first mainstream afrobeat / azonto tune that entered the UK charts was ‘Oliver Twist’ by D’Banj )aka Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo) the Nigerian singer-songwriter, back in Spring 2012.  Since that song came out we’ve seen azonto become the new urban dance craze in London and the ‘London Azonto Allstars’ appear on the scene with their part 1 and part 2 videos.  Around the same time British artist (of Ghanaian descent) Fuse ODG released his track entitled ‘Azonto’, further embedding the dance into the UK scene with (slightly cringeworthy) ‘step by step’ scenes to show you how to Azonto!

5 months ago Fuse ODG brought out their new remix of ‘Antenna’ featuring Wyclef Jean (check our earlier post here).  This tune is properly propelling the afrobeat genre into the mainstream.  The tune has a London feel about it and with international artists Wyclef Jean onboard it has managed to diffuse the Ghanaian / Azonto / Afrobeat vibe into a track that already mainstream Radio 1 Dj’s are raving about.  D’Banj’s ‘Oliver Twist’ was definitely not met on this level by chart followers.

DJ Abrantee Very much made the night feel like it was an event for Africans in London – and not for those who appreciated African influenced music. There were numerous shout outs to people in the crowd from African Nations – but no real love for Brits who were there purely for the love of the tunes; which was disappointing considering the night was in London and not Africa! Dj Abrantee also has his own Afrobeat compilation Album out (available on Itunes) off the back of the branding for his Afrobeat Sundays club nights – but after attending the night, the album now sounds like a diffused version of the original music and less authentic. Somehow the album didn’t quite match the night’s ‘world music’ vibe, but looking at them as separate entities – both deserve credit in their own right.

Afrobeats Sundays – DJ Abrantee – do it

afrobeats abrantee

Following on from the success of the sold out Christmas Special, Afrobeats Sundays returns to the Indig02 on Sunday 26th May (bank holiday weekend).  Choice FM‘s DJ Abrantee will be performing with confirmed guests joining him on stage D Black (Oh Vera) and Joey B (strawberry ginger).  Two ticket options available and the night runs from 9pm to 4am.  Still some tickets available to buy here

If you wanna ‘try before you buy‘ you can check out Dj Abrantee every weekeday from 16.00 til 20.00 week days on Choice fm (listen live here ).  You can also buy DJ Abrantee – Afrobeats – the Ultimate Collection on itunes here

We’ll be there doing the Azonto on the night so check back for photos, videos and what we thought of the event 😉


Can’t get enough Afrobeats this week – Atumpan – The Thing


“small girl you dont know the thing … I am teaching you the thing … you are playing with the thing …”

Ok dont worry about the lyrics too much .. just azonto to the sweet afro beats. This is a classic for the Summer 2013 playlist 🙂 Pass me the rum.

CEO Dancers – I wanna be in your gang

ceo dancers

You may recognise the name of this act, CEO Dancers,  from the hit tv show Britain’s Got Talent.  The Ceo Dancers auditioned on the show back in April 2013.  The 3 girls danced to Iyanya‘s Kukere and D’banj‘s Oliver Twist and got 4 yes’s from the judges.

I first saw the girls at the So Solid reunion gig at the Indig02 (read the post on the night here ).  They dominated the stage during So Solid’s ‘Dilemma’.  Their precision was amazing and the whole crowd was in awe – mesmerised by these talented ladies.

The dance trio is made up of Ezinne Asinuzo, 22, and Soliat Bada, 23, (both from Nigeria) and Nqobile Ntshangase, 24 (South African) .

BLAST THIS – Fuse ODG – Antenna Ft. Wyclef Jean & add London’s top African beats to your Summer Playlist


Bring back the sunshine with this awesome summer carnival tune. Fuse ODG (off da ground) – Antenna Ft. Wyclef Jean will be released on . Fuse ODG are a UK based Ghanian act. This new release is a remix of their original tune with the addition of Haiti born FUGEE star Wyclef Jean.

Another African vibe I urge you to play top volume is Iyanya by Kukere, released back in March 2012, but still a worthy player for your summer playlist.  Check the video for some dance tips – these guys sure know how to move.  Im green with dance envy.  Iyanya is playing his UK album launch (Kukere) at the Indig02 on Sunday 9th June 2013 – click here to buy tickets

Ok I’m getting a bit carried away on this African beat themed post (and its working cause the sun is coming out). If you havent already realised it – I’m a massive fan of the african sounds coming out of London Town. Some of you may have heard of Azonto – the ghanaian dance genre. Azonto London All Stars are possible one of our best and their videos are a visual feast for aspiring dancehall queens with great mixes (particulary feelin DJ Sawa on part 2). As the name suggests, the videos (so far we have part 1 and 2) feature mixes and London Azonto dancers – shakin it on the London Underground and other London public spaces.  Enjoy …