This week's hottest brand new act...
KEY TRACK: Sparky
LABEL: Santi Medina
WHO: Santi is a 26-year-old Nigerian who’s been mixing genres since 2016.
WHAT: You might loosely describe Santi’s music as dancehall, but he’s something of a musical omnivore. He started out with rap and counts Afrobeats, pop-punk and rock among his influences, while the piano-led Sigo Extrañandote explores Spanish sounds.
WHERE: Santi was born in Lagos and is a key player in Nigeria’s bubbling Alté movement, but he’s lived in UAE since moving there as a student.
Then dive into Santi’s catalogue. Mixtape Suzie’s Funeral is on Spotify, while debut album Mandy & The Jungle is out now.
WHAT’S THE MESSAGE?
With features including Dram and Goldlink, the LP represents “a universe, combining everything that has ever influenced or inspired me, the story of Mandy, a girl who has no idea of the power that lies inside her,” says Santi.
Very much so. Watch out for him and his Monster Boy crew this summer.