Young Fathers

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Young Fathers
Young Fathers concert Portland.jpg
Young Fathers in concert 27 April 2014
Background information
OriginEdinburgh, Scotland
Years active2008–present
Associated acts
  • Alloysious Massaquoi
  • Kayus Bankole
  • 'G' Hastings

Young Fathers are a band based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2014, they won the Mercury Prize for their album Dead.


Formed in Edinburgh in 2008 by Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham 'G' Hastings, the group started performing in nightclubs when the band members were all in their teens.[1]

In 2012, they signed to LA-based label Anticon and released their introductory mixtapes, Tape One and Tape Two, with Tape Two winning the Scottish Album of the Year Award[2] ("The SAY Award").

The trio then signed to Big Dada and released their debut album, Dead, which was released in 2014. The album gained a lot of critical attention and went on to win the prestigious Mercury Prize. Dead entered the UK albums chart at the 35th position and topped the independent UK album chart.[3]

Following an extensive world tour the band decamped to Berlin to begin work on their sophomore album, White Men Are Black Men Too, which was released in April 2015.[4]

In 2016, the band were invited to support Massive Attack on their UK and European tour after working together on Massive Attack's single "Voodoo in My Blood", taken from their Ritual Spirit EP, which was released in January 2016.

In June 2017 Young Fathers played in the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre as part of M.I.A.'s Meltdown Festival.[5]

Six tracks on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack feature Young Fathers, including "Only God Knows", written specifically for the film. In a statement the director Danny Boyle described the song as "the heartbeat for the film".[6][7]

Young Fathers' third studio album, Cocoa Sugar, was announced with the single "In My View" on 17 January 2018. The album was released on British independent label Ninja Tune on 9 March 2018.[8] The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 28, making it the band's highest-charting album.[9]

Due to their support of the BDS movement, the band was dropped from the 2018 Ruhrtriennale line-up.[10]

The band was featured on the FIFA2019 soundtrack. [11]


  • Alloysious Massaquoi was born in Liberia and moved to Edinburgh at the age of four, where he attended Boroughmuir High School.
  • Kayus Bankole was born in Edinburgh to Nigerian parents. He spent several years living in Maryland and Nigeria before moving back to the city of his birth, in his teens. He went on to attend the same school as Alloysious and the two became close friends.[12]
  • Graham "G" Hastings was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the North Edinburgh housing scheme of Drylaw.[13]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions



Dead 21 35 102
White Men Are Black Men Too
  • Released: 6 April 2015
  • Label: Big Dada
19 41 95
Cocoa Sugar 9 28 37 173 89 14
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Album details
Tape One
  • Released: November 2011
  • Label: Anticon
Tape Two
  • Released: 11 June 2013
  • Label: Anticon


Title Year Album
"Straight Back on It" 2008 Non-album singles
"Automatic / Dancing Mantaray" 2010
"Fevers Worse"
"The Guide" 2013
"Low" Dead
"Get Up" 2014
"Soon Come Soon" Non-album single
"Rain or Shine" 2015 White Men Are Black Men Too
"Only God Knows"
(feat. Leith Congregational Choir)
2017 T2: Trainspotting
"Lord" 2018 Cocoa Sugar
"In My View"
"Border Girl / Cocoa Sugar" Non-album single


  • "Girlfriend (Young Fathers Remix)" by Phoenix from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Remix Collection) (2009)
  • "Nicotine Love (StraightFace Remix)" by Tricky (2014)

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and album
Title Year
"Deadline" 2012
"Romance" 2013
"The Guide"
"I Heard"
"Queen Is Dead"
"Get Up" 2014
"Shame" 2015
"Old Rock n Roll"
"Lord" 2018
"In My View"
"Holy Ghost"


Young Fathers were also featured on "Voodoo in My Blood", track 3 of the 2016 EP Ritual Spirit by Massive Attack.


  1. ^ MacInnes, Paul (4 April 2015). "Young Fathers Tour South Africa". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. ^ Didcock, Barry (20 June 2014). "SAY Award winners Young Fathers talk friendship, hip hop and civil war". The Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (30 October 2014). "Mercury prize 2014: Young Fathers defy the odds to win". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ MacInnes, Paul (8 December 2015). "Best albums of 2015: No 9 – White Men Are Black Men Too by Young Fathers". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ Murray, Robin (19 April 2017). "Soulwax, Young Fathers To Play M.I.A.'s Meltdown". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  6. ^ Minsker, Evan (24 January 2017). "Young Fathers Share New Track "Only God Knows" From T2 Trainspotting". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  7. ^ Robinson, Collin (10 January 2017). "Trainspotting 2 Soundtrack Revealed". Stereogum. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ Daly, Rhian (17 January 2017). "Young Fathers announce new album 'Cocoa Sugar' and share new single 'In My View'". NME. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Official Charts - Young Fathers". Retrieved 28 June 2015.
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  12. ^ Davidson, Gina (31 October 2014). "Young Fathers take on the world after Mercury win". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  13. ^ Bravo, Amber (28 September 2012). "Young Fathers "Deadline" MP3". The Fader. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  14. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  15. ^ "Discografie Young Fathers Flemish". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Discografie Young Fathers Wallonie". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Discography Young Fathers". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Young Fathers – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Retrieved 20 March 2018.

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