Bloc Party’s frontman Kele Okereke has shared a new song called “Jungle Bunny” and announced the release date of his upcoming solo album 2042. The new LP from Kele is due to drop on November 8 via his own label KOLA.
Kele Okereke is known for his work with indie rock band Block Party, which rose to fame thanks to their critically acclaimed 2005 debut Silent Alarm. Ever since the band’s early years, the frontman has been releasing his own material.
Block Party’s last studio album Hymns came out in 2016, but Kele is about to drop the follow-up to his largely acoustic LP Fatherland released two years ago and featuring a collaboration with Years and Year’s Olly Alexander. In January 2019, the musician also penned a play titled Leave To Remain and shared a soundtrack of the same title.
In his latest single Kele addresses the issue of “public racism”. “There is a history of black entertainers feeling that after they have achieved a certain level of success that they are above discussions of race but that idea is a delusion”, he wrote in a press statement. “As a person of colour living in the western world, it does not matter how much wealth one accumulates, race will follow you wherever you go”.
Listen to “Jungle Bunny” here: