‘Yemaya’ is the first song to be released by Kele Okereke under his full name, following two acclaimed solo records as Kele, The Boxer and Trick, and five albums as the frontman of unparalleled British band Bloc Party.
“In the west African Yoruba religion, Yemaya is the mother goddess of the ocean, she is kinda the patron saint of pregnant women and fertility,” he explains. “According to myth, when her waters broke, it caused a great flood creating rivers and streams and the first mortal humans were created from her womb. When I knew we were having a baby she started to be appear in my thoughts and dreams a fair bit.”
Kele Okereke recently announced a short run of intimate European shows, performing solo and acoustic for the first time. The London date sold out in five minutes; limited tickets remain for the other shows, see Songkick for details and ticket info.
12 May – Moby Dick, Madrid
13 May – Covo Club, Bologna
17 May – Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin
18 May – Melkweg, Amsterdam
19 May – Cafe De la Danse, Paris
21 May – Les Nuits Botanique @ Musée, Botanique, Brussels