San Francisco born, London raised artist Natty is a treasured icon of the UK’s music scene. Celebrating his 10 year anniversary since exploding onto the scene in 2008 with his debut album ‘Man Like I’, Natty and his band the Rebelship has been busy leading to this album which will be followed by a 20 date UK Tour in November. Entitled album, ‘Man Like I and I…X’, features some of Natty’s close friends including: Seun Kuti, Benjamin Zephaniah, Maverick Sabre and El Fari & Ramzi. The album shares an acoustic version of crowd favourite “Bedroom Eyes” and a track Natty recorded with Sly & Robbie.
A gifted musician from an early age, dabbling with many styles and instruments, Natty started his first band aged 10, and by age 16 he was a go-to beat-maker for local hip-hop acts. Natty started developing his sound after leaving school and getting a job at the world-famous Sphere Studios where he would experiment and work on his songs. Natty left the studio 4 years later. He was quickly spotted by Atlantic Records, signing with them in 2008 and putting out his first album, ‘Man Like I’. Its success captivated the attention of the UK, and the rest of the world, the single ‘Badman’ was a number 1 hit in Japan.
Artist collaborations include work with Nitin Sawhney, Roots Manuva, Tony Allen, Prince Fatty, Baba Maal, and Akala, which also led to touring with Ziggy Marley around USA, playing an unauthorised headline show in front of thousands in Khartoum, Sudan and performing in the U.N building (New York City) on World Humanitarian Day. Natty also produces his own live music events under the moniker Vibes and Pressure, which has also grown into a artist management and independent record label for the UK’s growing roots music scene. He is involved with an orphanage in Gambia, as well as various community projects in Southern Africa and London.
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