Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to 1990s electronic music band 808 State , according to an audio statement released this morning.
The message, which has not been verified, was posted on Boko Haram’s Twitter account and is believed to be by the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau who said:
“We pledge to enhance our misguided fundamentalist spree of murderous tyranny under the guise of worshipping a mythical sky God, with electronic music based on the repetitive drum beats of a Roland TR808. Unless we receive a huge ransom from western Governments we will promote all 808 State’s future concerts and new releases via social media. To show we are serious we can confirm that the band have an album out shortly and are playing at Camp Bestival on August 1st.”
A spokesman for the band has denied courting any allegiance from the militant group and have ruled out any imminent Nigerian tours.
However one fan of the band told us “I bought a few of their records and I even remember seeing them live in Guilford some time around 1992. In hindsight it was quite obvious that something like this was going to happen.”