Mista Silva, the pioneer and figurehead of one of the most important scenes in inner-city London right now in Afrobeats, releases his huge new track ‘Murda’.
One of the most exciting and genuine underground sub-cultures bubbling in inner-city London in 2016, Afrobeats is where many of Grime’s own stars find themselves at following the increasingly mainstream exposure Grime is experiencing: Mercury-prize winning emcee Skepta already embraced the genre this year with his remix of Wizkid’s ‘Ojuelegba’ (which Drake also jumped on) and one of the most exciting new stars J Hus featured Silva on his breakthrough mixtape ‘The 15th Day’, showing the influence Silva has already had on his music. The dancehall sound parties and culture is the newest reincarnation of the inner-city scene London prides itself on creating and is as compulsive and vibrant as you’d expect.
‘Murda’, produced by Fanatix, encapsulates the heat, style, sweat and raw energy around a sound and subculture that’s seeing itself propelled into the cultural spotlight. Infectious and bass-line heavy, Silva’s iconic baritone adds the right touch of intent to a seductively powerful sound. Currently touring with Mike Skinner & Murkage Dave’s Tonga Balloon Gang, the Ghanaian originator was rightfully nominated for his 3 rd MOBO this year for Best African Act and with ‘Murda’, cements his continuing legacy as a catalyst of perhaps the most exciting and vital new subculture in the city.
“Silva has built up a worldwide reputation for exporting the Afrobeat flavour” – COMPLEX UK.
Speaking on the track, Silva states: “Murda means proving the stereotypes wrong! Growing up as a Black African in London, we’ve always been painted with negativity, so this record is about good vibes and shining above the negative energy placed upon me and my people!”