The Austin 100: Shirazee Recommended if you like Michael Brun and Mr. Eazi.

The Austin 100: Shirazee

Stream All Songs Considered's SXSW 2019 Preview

All Songs Considered's 2019 SXSW Preview

  • Download
  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Courtesy of the artist
Shirazee will perform at SXSW 2019.
Courtesy of the artist

Hometown: Porto Novo, Benin / New York, New York

Genre: Global

Why We're Excited: Benin-born Afropop singer Shirazee has written songs for everyone from Ty Dolla $ign to Sting, and his own recordings throb and shimmy with winning fervor. After moving halfway around the world and overcoming homelessness, he's got plenty of hard-won perspective to work with. But in "Make Wild," Shirazee focuses on something far simpler: dispensing pure, unabashed, infectious joy.

Stream Shirazee's "Make Wild"