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Whats The Play? with Anthony 'Play' Douglas

IN CASE you're wondering where I’ve been, I took a week out and had to recover from a rollercoaster of an experience - literally!

Let’s just say my big kid alter ego was out for the Easter school holiday, with a long awaited father-daughter trip to Disneyland, California and Universal Studios Hollywood.

If I’m honest I’m not sure who enjoyed it more. My little princess was in her element, and actually showed me up as I couldn’t hack all the rides, where my motion sickness got the best of me.

I was gassed to see Black Panther's Dora Milage army, straight out of Wakanda, at the Disney day parade! I even grabbed some merchandise in the Disney store too LOL.


JUST THE TWO OF US: Mr. Play with his daughter at Disneyland California

Universal Studios was epic, and I couldn’t help but stop and check for my boy - the ultimate Transformer... Man like ‘Megatron’ Haha!

He literally had me singing bars from H Moneda’s song Pardon my drip from his new EP Flex Therapy: ‘..I had trolley troubles, I had lorry troubles, N*gga damn it felt like a Decepticon, wheres Megatron?’

On my return to the UK I caught up with Ekeno - a young talented musician from Tottenham, North London. He’s becoming increasingly prominent within the UK rap scene.

Ekeno is well known for songs such as Hate On Me and Catch Me In Dichino’ but most notably for his track Trouble, featuring Abra Cadabra, which gained over a million views on Link Up TV.

Receiving support from radio and co-signed by acts including Skepta, JME, Fekky, C-Biz and Lethal B, Ekeno is definitely one to watch.

Read more from our catch up below:

Q: Who is Ekeno?

Ekeno: Ekeno is a young musician of African descent - Austrian born but based in Tottenham, North London.

Q: When did you realise you wanted to do music?

E: At the age of 13. Before music, it was football.

Q: How would you describe your style?

E: I would describe my style as unique, fresh, new, authentic and original.

Q: You have been co-signed by the likes of Lethal B and Young Spray, how does that feel?

E: It feels good man to be honest. These are people that I used to listen to back in the day and for them to rate what I’m doing and show me love means a lot.


ON THE RISE: Ekeno

Q: Do you have any project coming out and if so tell us about it?

E: Yes I do have a project coming soon, an EP entitled Krud. Krud for me is basically the good, the bad, the ugly, and the pretty. That’s how I will put it anyway.

I’m still trying to finalise one or two things on the EP as we speak as there a lot of materials I’ve recorded over the past year or so; so I’m very much still trying to figure out the best songs to put on the EP. I can guarantee you that it'll be fire 100%!

Q: If you could collaborate with any artist right now, who would it be and why?

E: If I was to collaborate with any artist right now it would probably be Skepta. The guy is too sick, the bars, the flow, it's mental! He’s also from Tottenham. A Skepta and Ekeno tune would make sense. The present and the future.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next three to five years?

E: I see myself taking over the world, musically. I’m just speaking things into existence, I believe that anything is possible if you put in the graft and your mind to it, then you achieve a lot of great things. Greatness is what I am pursuing. I know God’s got me, he hasn’t let me down in most situations.

Q: Where can we find Ekeno?

E:
Twitter and Instagram @EkenoOfficial
SoundCloud EkenoOfficial
Spotify Ekeno
Youtube Ekeno

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