The musician, 40, tells Michael Segalov about driving his partner wild, gorging on Real Housewives, teenage raving and sparing his mum the gory details
Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke has criticised the lack of punishment given to Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the “partygate” scandal at Downing Street. Earlier this year, a report by Sue Gray revealed that 16 separate alleged gatherings were being investigated in Number 10. Gray later concluded that some of these events “should not have been allowed to take place.”
Kele Okereke has shared details of ‘The Waves Pt. 1 Live’, a recorded livestream of him performing the album’s songs, alongside a cover of Bronski Beat classic ‘Smalltown Boy’. The musician, who released his fifth solo record ‘The Waves Pt. 1‘ in May, said he wanted to record himself playing...
“What’s the point of putting a guitar on the wall and not playing it?”: Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke on embracing the instrument on new solo LP
Back in January 2020, Kele Okereke had plans. Bloc Party were about to go into the studio to record their sixth album and he was due to start work on his second musical. When those ambitions were grounded by a global pandemic, the 39-year-old Londoner suddenly found himself a locked-down stay-at-home father to two children, with little time for music. Yet two things were about to happen that would reignite Okereke’s passion for the electric guitar: he started embarking on midnight walks alone around the deserted streets of the capital, and his guitar tech built him a new two-amp recording setup that helped him to unlock the creative potential of looping.
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Kele Okereke: "I'm making sounds I could have never made before. This record has made me think differently about myself as a guitar player"
Kele Okereke, best known as the frontman of Bloc Party, has spent much of the past decade working on a huge variety of solo projects that have explored dance, electronic music production, DJ-ing and theater. The common thread uniting his output across this time has been an examination of the...
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has shared a new song – listen to ‘From A Place Of Love’ below. The new track is the latest preview of the singer’s upcoming solo album ‘The Waves Pt. 1’, due out on May 28 via his own KOLA Records label and !K7. After...
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Kele Okereke, frontman for UK indie-rockers Bloc Party, has announced his fifth studio album, The Waves Pt. 1, and released a new track from the record – a cover of Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy. Kele’s reworking of the dance classic replaces the pounding synths of the original with hypnotic, intertwining...