Unchained XL is a UK Born Nigerian Hiphop artist and producer with a unique, afrocentric sound easily recognizable as his own. Blending traditional African inspired textures and rhythms with various styles of hiphop, UXL utilises a combination of live instruments and synths to create a sound which he has coined “Afro-roots Hiphop”. UXL writes songs of protest, social commentary and everyday experiences through the lens of a ‘third culture’ African migrant, drawing inspiration from afrobeat legend and political icon Fela Kuti, as well as artists like M.anifest, Antibalas and A Tribe Called Quest.
2018 saw UXL’s reach expand globally, touring the UK with shows in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds and Cardiff, performing alongside artists such as Mungos HiFi, Afro Cluster and Eva Lazarus. His 2019 release “The Migrant Mind” EP received global attention after having featured on international blog OkayAfrica due to its poignant commentary on the refugee crisis and violence faced by migrants. Drawing from his experience as an ex-metal vocalist, UXL always delivers a highly energetic and convicting live performance that will leave you searching for more.