new music: bloc party’s kele okereke shares west african mythology-inspired track, “yemaya”

April 28, 2017

Ahead of the release of his first solo acoustic album, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke shares his new track, “Yemaya”. A mellow, contemplative track that both hypnotic and unease, “Yemaya” is melodic, story-like richness. “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,” says Okereke. 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 appear in my thoughts and dreams a fair bit.”

The release of the somber comes after Okereke’s announcement to embark on his first solo tour, a string of acoustic shows in Europe this May.

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