Who the hell is... Seye?

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Kim Taylor Bennett introduces a pop star with a global history, and the sounds to match

  • Say-yay! Is that how you say it?

    It’s actually pronounced ‘Cher’, which causes all manner of confusion. According to the 24-year-old, the key point of difference between him and the diva singer is that he’s got longer legs.

  • He actually looks kinda familiar.

    Perhaps you recognise Seye Adelekan as the debonair guitarist who spent his formative years touring with Paloma Faith.

  • Any relation to Metronomy’s bassist Gbenga Adelekan?

    Why yes, you big music nerd. Would you like us to map out a family tree?

  • That won’t be necessary, but where the devil is he from?

    He’s a citizen of the world: raised in Nigeria, Holland, Ecuador and, erm, Bromley.

  • Presumably this itinerant lifestyle has filtered into his music?

    Correct! Current single ‘Mexicana Bounce’ (out October 8 on Stranger Records) is an irrepressible fusion of Afrobeat rhythms, tropi-pop synths and a catchy-like-crabs chorus.

  • What’s he been up to recently?

    Seye’s just finished Damon Albarn’s Africa Express tour, on the final night of which he got the opportunity to perform with ol’ Macca! Seye says: ‘Africa Express alone was a massive blessing and the icing on an already awesome cake was I got to play with Sir Paul McCartney. In fact that’s like having another cake on top of the cake!’ Yum.

Watch Seye's 'Mexicana Bounce' video

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Derek
Derek

Never heard of him. That video makes the summer come back, tho.