The Austin 100: Shirazee
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Hometown: Porto Novo, Benin / New York, New York
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.