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Widely regarded as one of the elite Afrobeats talent in the UK music scene artist/producer Silvastone is a prolific London-based African artist/producer renowned in the UK music scene and has an equally extensive international recording and performing profile. He was heavily tipped by BBC Radio 1Xtra amongst their list of ‘Hot For 2015’ – the new artists to keenly watch in 2015 and beyond. That same year he went on to be nominated as ‘Best African Act 2015’ in 3 separate popular UK awards including ‘Best African Act’ at the prestigious MOBO Awards.
The Afrobeats super-talent, Silvastone’s music is best described as a creative hybrid of African beats, UK sounds and Global melodies. He initially entered the game officially as a producer/songwriter composing songs for several big African acts and travelling the world as a tour DJ and/or music director for these artists. It wasn’t until late 2014 when he officially started his artistry endeavours after releasing the excellent self-produced and self-written ‘Transitions’ EP. It was received with great acclaim and garnered immediate support from influential and notable tastemakers across the board like DJ Edu, Mistajam, Ras Kwame, Zane Lowe, DJ Target and DJ Neptizzle. His music has remained on regular rotation on numerous radio and TV networks worldwide and especially across Africa.
Certainly one of the forefront runners pushing the exciting current hybrid of Afrobeats and UK sounds, Silvastone also composed music featured in Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Good Lie’ (starring Academy winner Reese Witherspoon). He has featured on various TV shows including series 2 and 3 of a popular pan-African reality music TV show called CokeStudioAFRICA alongside some of the continent’s biggest stars and broadcasting prime-time across Africa every weekend and online to the world. In addition, Silvastone hosts a monthly African Music show on Emirates Air in-flight entertainment channel.
Born in London to Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian parentage, Silvastone developed a keen interest in playing music instruments whilst at a very young age and could effortlessly play piano by age 5. Influenced initially by his parents love of Ghana Highlife and Classical music and later other genres his older DJ brothers played he started to create his own music when he moved to study and live in Freetown (Sierra Leone) with his father at the age of 11. Years later he would return to London after escaping the civil war in the West African country. He continued his musical pursuit and was soon showcasing this natural talent on the world stage. He has since produced/remixed and/or collaborated with a diverse array of the hottest new talent from across Africa and the worldwide including Rita Ora, Davido, Damian Marley, Sarkodie, Popcaan, Sneakbo, French Montana, Afrojack, D’banj, Dan Croll, Bugzy Malone, Ace Hood, Estelle, Blak Twang, and Wayne Marshall.
Having initially produced for many such artists Silvastone decided in 2014 to concentrate on developing himself as a full fledged vocal artist leading to his aptly entitled ‘Transitions’ project later that year. It’s breakthrough and heavily playlisted single ‘Loving My Baby (Remix)’ featured Nigerian Afro-pop sensation Yemi Alade and its follow-up ‘Skatta (Remix)’ featured legendary Jamaican global dancehall stars, Chaka Demus and Pliers.
Silvastone is now a seasoned performer beloved for his charismatic energetic performances. He has featured on the line-up of nearly every major Afrobeats event in the UK since his breakthrough and has been booked on several festivals worldwide including Glastonbury Festival, SXSW (Texas), A3C (Atlanta), Oxjam, Peace Festival, DanceAfrique (Wembley Arena) etc., and has repeatedly performed in Sweden, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, etc. The popular performer was also an opening act on Davido‘s 2015 UK tour and was official support act for Fuse ODG on his TINA UK national arena tour.
His latest and most exciting offering is his sophomore EP, ‘LEVELS’. The recently released brilliant project extends his journey beyond 2017 to firmly cement his place amongst the elite creatives in the fast-moving international Afrobeats/Afropop space. Packed to the brim with a selection of strong songs that continue on his signature blend of popular musical genres expertly and infectiously interwoven into an African backdrop. The first single off the project, R&B tinged ‘Remedy’, illustrated this neatly and in return received widespread support on radio, TV, clubs and online. It’s follow-up – the aptly titled and bass-throbbing ‘Incredible’, is already receiving early support and has been play-listed by several broadcasters.