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Standard love songs are far from the be-all and end-all for progressive R&B artist Azekel.

The Nigeria-born, England-based artist is a ruminative songwriter whose music examines adulthood and identity, self-worth and depression, and the responsibilities of parenthood.

His fearlessly vulnerable singing technique doesn't rely on his potent falsetto.

Azekel generated momentum during the mid-2010s with a slew of early, short-form releases that earned the admiration of Prince and led to collaborations with Massive Attack (‘Ritual Spirit’) and Gorillaz (‘Momentz’).

In 2018 he released his debut album, Our Father. He is currently working on new music with Grammy -winning producer Om’Mas Keith (Frank Ocean, Anderson .Paak).

Azekel Adesuyi moved with his family at the age of three from Nigeria to East London, where he taught himself to play guitar and keyboards, wrote and produced songs.

He started to build an audience in 2013 with the double single ‘That Feeling’/’A Song to an Unborn Child (Delilah)’ and Circa EP, the first releases on his independent label THNDRLGHTNG Recordings (now known as Thunderlightning).

He teased the release of his second EP, 2015's Raw, Vol. 1, with ‘New Romance,’ a booming, buzzing track that was wholly modern yet out of step with commercial R&B. Prince tweeted his support.

Azekel's profile continued to heighten during the next couple years. He co-wrote and was featured on the title song of Massive Attack's 2016 EP Ritual Spirit, toured with the group, and released his third EP, Raw, Vol. 2.

After touring with Banks and appearing on Gorillaz's 2017 album Humanz – he contributed background vocals to ‘Momentz’ and was featured on the deluxe-edition track ‘Midnite Float’ – Azekel devoted more time to his own material.

Three thematically distinct digital EPs – recorded in solitude with some co-production and instrumentation provided by Redinho and Joe Armon-Jones – were spread across the first five months of 2018.

That November, the trilogy was combined and re-sequenced for the vinyl and digital album Our Father, which added the exclusive and cathartic ‘Waiting to Die.’

simultaneously aqueous and intergalactic
sparkles with classic soul flourishes and woozy neo-R&B hues

Dates & times

7 Aug 2019
Approximate run time: 165 mins
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Purcell Room


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