It’s another episode of the Recording Academy’s Press Play at Home series and on this episode, Afrobeats artist, of Nigerian origin, Laycon takes the center stage.
From the legendary Fela Kuti to Orlando Julius to Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo, Afrobeats contains the rhythms of a ripping conversation. And from Antibalas to Burna Boy, the younger generation of Afrobeats artists is taking up the mantle, too.
For a fresh example of this, meet Laycon, a young Nigerian Afrobeats/Afrorap artist and reality show winner who makes performing this music seem as natural as breathing. In the latest episode of Press Play At Home, let the young Afrobeats ambassador spin a captivating musical yarn with help from his accompanists.
Watch Laycon perform ‘All Over Me’ for the Recording Academy below.
Laycon (Agbeleshebioba Massoud Al Khalifah) on the other hand is a Lagos born and bred Hip-hop/Rap artiste who has graced the stage of several events with his strong, energetic performances. One of the ten artists chosen to perform for Unilag at the 2014 Coke Studio Unilag event and a top ten finalists of the 2017 MTV Base LSB challenge amongst others.
Currently gearing to release his first official single with Fierce label titled ‘Any given Monday’ which featured Chinko Ekun & Reminisce; Laycon has a very varied and distinct taste in music that translate to his art. He was signed to Fierce nation in the year 2019
Founded by Jackson Fierce, the label focuses on investing in indigenous Nigerian music and the arts and the talented individuals that create it.
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Laycon has emerged winner of the Big Brother Naija Lockdown Season.
The talented rapper/singer beat 19 other housemates to win the coveted N85million worth of prizes after spending 71 days in the Big Brother house and entertaining millions of viewers across Africa.
Laycon and four other housemates – Vee, Neo, Nengi and Dora, after series of evictions made it to the final week of the season’s reality show.
Getting into the house as the 19th housemate and initially assumed as an underdog in the first two weeks, the 26-year-old UNILAG undergraduate came to be admired by fellow housemates and a lot of viewers, including top celebrities for his intelligence, humility and philosophical quotes.
Weeks into the show, the young man became the first housemate in the current season to be verified on Twitter and Instagram, and also the first-ever housemate to gain over a million followers on Instagram while in the house.
Winning tonight makes Laycon the 5th winner of the reality TV show since its inception.