the shakka crown affairMusic is indeed a universal language. From soul, to samba, to hip hop, jazz, and rock, music crosses all genres and borders. While the internet has made it easier to discover new artists, many folks are still stuck on what’s played on the radio. But the world is so much bigger than our local stations!

Our fam across the Pond knows a thing or two about music. Like the rest of the world, they are influenced by a mashup of styles and cultures. Although artists like Adele, Marsha Ambrosius, Jessie J., Omar, and Amy Winehouse have crossed over to find love in the U.S. many more are waiting to be heard.

Because I love music from all over the world, and specifically from our British cousins, I’m sharing three artists you should definitely add to your iPod.


I first got introduced to Shakka late last year from one of my Facebook pals, and ever since then I’ve been hooked. His mixtape, the Shakka Crown Affair, was the soundtrack to my London adventure and since returning I’ve continued to listen. Although he splits his time between singing and rapping, Shakka is also an accomplished musician. He effortlessly moves between grime, hip hop, R&B, and rock to create a sound all his own.

Check out one of my favorite tracks from his mixtape, “Take Our Time”

  • arlette

    omfg i luuuuve this right here. very proud brit

  • Monique

    You should include Daley in this list. Look him up!

  • Liz

    Love this list! I’m a londoner myself and have never even heard Andreaya before but defo checking her out, glad you didn’t go for the obvious artists like Rita Ora or Tine Tempah.

    Also look out for Bluey Robinson, amazing voice and really good, feel good music, Angel is pretty decent too, kind of our version of Trey Songz.
    Vanessa Ferdinand also has loads of buzz around her as does Etta Bond so check them out too!

  • Freebee33

    I second that! Daley is awesome, I love, ‘Alone Together’ with Marsha Ambrosius

  • Freebee33

    Seems like they’re still making REAL R&b in the UK, nice! Now I know where to find it.

  • Dalili

    I like these alot! I love Emeli Sande too.

  • Shine

    I lived in the U.K. for 3 years for school, and fell in love with Kadija Kamara’s sound.
    Check out another talented Londoner.!music

    My fav is ‘Deeper than this’


  • Pearlsrevealed

    @ Shine..Thanks for the link. She is refreshing.

  • mikey kun

    great list I liked all 3 of these artists

  • African Mami

    I have a confession to make….I want to marry a Black Brit so that he can talk to me in that accent all day erryday. I’ll do whatever for him…chandelier red light district style. cooking. whatev.

  • minna k.

    Get outta my head!!!! :P

  • Cake Fashionista UK

    Hey! Some of us here are struggling to find our own Black Brit to marry. Coming over here, taking our jobs, stealing our men LOL. That said, feel free to send me an American Boy anytime you like, in your words – I’ll do whatever for him…chandelier red light district style. cooking. whatev. ;) x

  • African Mami

    @ minna,


    @Cake Fashionista, UK

    I exclusively deal with African men, to be more precise Mandigo warriors. American brothers got nothing on the former. Absolutely, NOTHING!

  • Perverted Alchemist

    Bluey Robinson is that dude!!! I was all over “Showgirl” last year!

  • ThatAndThis

    I co-sign all the comments made here….

    Also, look up Abimaro and the Free, Juliyaa and Szjerdene – all great quality artists

  • minna k.

    …she means Idris.

  • Mr. Man

    …..yup and the only ones as far as I’m concerned.

  • African Mami

    @ minna k

    You are certainly on the right path with the mention of idris, but this shakka zulu cat can also get it chandelier red light district style. His song take our time is growing on me faster than my fro length!

  • O’Phylia

    Queens of Sheba.
    That is all.

  • Bisous

    No Lianne La Havas!? She’s great live and I love her ladylike style.

  • Von


    Nothing new, it’s been happening for years. I’m a fan of Liane La Havas’ music too. Emeli Sande’s voice reminds me of Beyonce’s. Estelle is still one of the best.

  • Bisous

    @Von what do you mean by it’s been happening for years? I thought Lianne’s first full album hasn’t come out yet??? O_O Haven’t heard of Emeli. I’ll have to check her out.

  • Bisous

    I think I like Emelie(?) more than Beyonce! lol. Her voice is like a cross between Ellie Goulding and Beyonce. Which is weird…

  • CAM

    Emeli is brilliant! I looooooove her, too much. haha! And the cross between and Ellie and Beyonce? I can so hear that, for real! lol.

  • chanela

    nuh uhhh. how dare you guys leave out my baby bluey robinson!!! STRAIGHT TRIPPIN! (sorry i can’t find the official video)

  • NinaG

    Tawiah! I love her rendition of Little Drummer Boy:

  • Leonie UK

    @ Nina G

    I was just listening to Tawiah, friggggggggggggg hellllllll that girl is bloddy bad. Love that her voice has that London drawl all over it.

    I must say Shakka was on my top ten album list for 2011, and his was a mixcd for fr££!!! He deserves all the acoldaes for 2012 and beyound. I would love to see him doing some more live shows out of London( for those out of the capital right now)…

  • Jinx Moneypenny


    Katy B
    James Blake
    Jamie Woon

    Non-Black, but they are steeped in R&B and soul as well.

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