Heavyweight all-time African best rapper, Sarkodie has set the records straight by performing his “Rollies and Cigar” with the American BBC Philharmonic a national British broadcasting symphony orchestra and one of five radio orchestras maintained by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The performance saw some energetic skills from BBC Radio 1xtra Afrobeats instrumentalists indicating how deep they’re into the song
Some of the hottest Afrobeats artists join forces with the BBC Philharmonic for this special one-off concert from BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Presented by 1Xtra’s Remi Burgz, Eddie Kadi and DJ Edu, the concert featured exclusive live performances by Nigerian singer-songwriter CKay, London-born and double Mobo nominee Maleek Berry, Kenyan singer-songwriter Nikita Kering, one of the biggest hip-hop acts on the African continent, Sarkodie, and Finesse singer-songwriter Pheelz.
This will be the first time a full orchestra in the UK has staged a dedicated concert to Afrobeats, which has seen a sharp rise in popularity, crossing over into music charts across the globe and enjoying worldwide commercial success. Filmed at the BBC Philharmonic’s recording home in Salford, and also featuring The Compozers, this first-of-its-kind concert marks 20 years of 1Xtra, the BBC’s radio network dedicated to amplifying Black music and culture.