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”

  • 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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