British Afro-swing collective from West London, WSTRN consisting of Akelle Charles, Haile (born Ras Haile Alexander), and Louis Rei (born Louis-Rae Beadle). Their debut single, “In2”, was released on 20 July 2015, and peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.
In their strive to achieve a territorial growth, WSTRN connects with Nigerian serial hitmaker and YBNL’s poster boy, Fireboy DML to create this summer-worthy Afro-fused tune titled ‘Be My Guest’.
WSTRN consists of Akelle Charles, Haile and Louis Rei. The name bears no relevance to westerns; according to the band, the name represents positive vibrations and to them means that it is “West London’s turn to shut down the scene”. Akelle and Haile are cousins who know Louis, a former footballer who last played for Staines Town F.C., through their inhabitance of West London, while Akelle is the brother of singer Angel and was part of a band with him and his three other siblings called the Charles Family, co-managed by the late reggae singer Smiley Culture and Akelle’s father, Tendai Charles, who was in the same reggae group as Haile’s father. Rei’s father is Gary Beadle. The group failed to achieve mainstream success despite being the subject of a BBC documentary One Life. Akelle Charles had two main followers, which were his nephews, who encouraged him to keep producing songs as well as the will to be signed.
Watch visualizer for ‘Be My Guest’ below.