Azekel looks ahead to Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown

Soulful, progressive, speaking about his life, in his way. That’s how London singer songwriter Azekel describes his sound; one that’s been influenced by fellow Nigerian-born artists such as Sunny Ade and Femi Kuti, but also slides seamlessly into the electronic R&B pop of the now. 

Following impressive debut releases Azekel was much in demand, appearing on tracks with Massive Attack, Gorillaz and De La Soul. Ahead of his performance at Southbank Centre as part of Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown we caught up with the artist to get an insight on his music, and what it means to perform at the festival.

Azekel | Nile Rodger's Meltdown Festival


There’s a sense of understanding. It can be cathartic for me and the listener; you’ve gone through the same thing.
Azekel on performing live


Missed Azekel's Meltdown gig? Get a flavour for his sound with this playlist from the artist himself.



Sadly Meltdown festival is now over for this year. But throughout the year Southbank Centre presents live contemporary music gigs and performances that blur genre boundaries and showcase the best new sounds from across the globe.

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