Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has put out two albums under his first name, the latest being 2014’s Trick, and over the weekend he shared the first song he’s ever released under his full name. “Yemaya” is a quiet but operatic piece of music, and Okereke has provided some context for the song via a press release:
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.
Listen to it and check out a list of upcoming solo tour dates below.
05/12 Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick
05/13 Bologna, Italy @ Covo Club
05/17 Berlin, Germany @ Badehaus Szimpla
05/18 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
05/19 Paris, France @ Cafe De la Danse
05/21 Brussels, Belgium @ Les Nuits Botanique at Musée, Botanique
05/22 London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church
“Yemaya” is out now.