Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has recently revealed his new solo single Yemaya. A fully acoustic song, Yemaya is the first song to be released by Okereke under his full name, following two acclaimed solo records as Kele, The Boxer and Trick, and five albums with Bloc Party.
While his previous solo albums as well as recent Bloc Party albums were orientated towards electronic music, Yemaya exhibits a different side of Okereke sonically as well as lyricall. As he explains in his own words:
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. 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. Dates can be found below.