Fresh off the back of show-stopping, scene-stealing sets at major UK festivals and a very special performance of “My Family” with BackRoad Gee at Burna Boy’s O2 Arena show, Gambian-via-Coventry star and BBC Sound of 2021 winner Pa Salieu announces the release of his brand new project, Afrikan Rebel. Following Pa’s first single of 2021 (his epic collaboration with slowthai “Glidin’”) as well as receiving an epic four nominations at this year’s GRM Rated Awards, the three-track project is available to stream/purchase below. With both Clara Amfo premiering EP track Style & Fashion as her Hottest Record on Radio 1 and DJ Target dropping “Shining” as his Target Embargo, Afrikan Rebel is already shaping up to be one of 2021’s stand-out projects.
Pa first burst onto the scene in January of 2020 with the hypnotic “Frontline”, one of the biggest UK breakthrough tracks in recent history. Then he followed it up with the eclectic and catchy David Sylvian-sampling “Betty” before dropping not just one of the biggest street tracks of last year with “My Family,” but also one of the most concise, wide-ranging debut projects in UK rap history with the Ivor Novello-nominated Send Them To Coventry mixtape. Every step of the way, he’s subverted expectations and stayed one step ahead of everyone else, guiding us on a path of a year-long process of experimentation and self-discovery that most artists are lucky to explore over their entire career. Now, Pa’s set to push the envelope even further with brand new project Afrikan Rebel. With production from P2J, Felix Joseph & AOD, the EP is a continuation of his differentiated passion and singular artistic vision and features guest appearances from a who’s who of the most exciting African talent (including Tay Iwar, Zlatan & Obongjayar). Serving as both a homage to his homeland and ancestry as well as an exploration of its sounds and what it means to be an Afrikan Rebel, it’s another profound release from an artist unafraid to stand for something deeper.
Speaking on the project, Pa says:
“Fundamentally Afrikan Rebel is about being proud and loud about where you come from in. For me that is Africa. Growing up in the UK especially having spent my early years in Gambia wasn’t always easy being black and especially not black African with an African accent, but I have always been taught to be proud of who I am and have never shied away from that fact for better or for worse. I see the word ‘Rebel’ only in the most positive sense. Those figures through history that have fought against the odds to stand up for what they believe in have always intrigued and inspired me. ‘Rebel’ is a mindset that helps keep me strong and I hope I can encourage others to be vocal about their beliefs and stand up for what they feel is right. My Afrikan Rebel series is a movement which I hope can allow me to connect with others with a similar mindset and gives a platform for me to experiment with influences and inspirations from my culture and others from the great continent of Africa.”
Upcoming Live Dates
11/22 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
11/23 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 3
11/24 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
11/26 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
11/27 – Coventry, UK @ Kasbah
11/29 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute2 Birmingham
11/30 – Nottingham, UK @ Nottingham Rescue Rooms