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Top 10 Kele Songs
|Album Name||Release Year|
|On the Lam (CRST remix)||2010|
|Everything You Wanted||2010|
|iTunes Festival: London 2010||2010|
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||Everything You Wanted||27,381||9,739|
Mash-up of genres gives kick to Kele's music (Created February 20, 2013)
His mash-up of genres, songwriting techniques and distinctive vocal delivery has allowed Kele Okereke's music to defy categorization since he was a young man. The English musician, best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the indie rock band Bloc Party, is one of Britain's most well-loved artists.
Though he officially started his career alongside Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong – permanent bass guitarist and drummer of Bloc Party, respectively – Kele would eventually take his career solo. Still, he rode the wave from the band's formation in 1999 to its eventual hiatus a decade later. The time frame included three studio albums, including the critically acclaimed debut "Silent Alarm." Next came "A Weekend in the City," which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and finally "Intimacy" in 2008.
With Bloc Party's self-imposed sabbatical, Kele ended up in a studio programming drum machines and working on his own material for the first time. The end result was a 10-track album geared more to alternative dance than to indie rock. Released in June 2010, "The Boxer" received favorable reviews from critics thanks to songs like "Rise," "Walk Tall" and "On the Lam."
Despite rumors that he was finished with Bloc Party, Kele was welcomed back into the fold when the band started writing material for a fourth album in 2011. Even as he released another EP titled "The Hunter," the group announced "Four," which was released on August 20, 2012. A 2013 North American tour kicked off in January, with the band playing live performances of "Black Crown" and "Leaf Skeleton," which are bonus tracks on the album.
Past Tour Dates for Kele
Kele Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 09/13/2013 Melbourne ?? Prince Bandroom 02/23/2013 Zurich ZH Plaza
Kele Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 04/15/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/15/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field
Kele Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 09/21/2010 Los Angeles CA The Music Box at the Fonda 09/18/2010 San Francisco CA Mezzanine 09/16/2010 Seattle WA Chop Suey 09/14/2010 Denver CO Summit Music Hall 08/13/2010 Seattle WA Chop Suey 08/09/2010 San Francisco CA Mezzanine 08/06/2010 Philadelphia PA Trocadero 08/03/2010 New York NY Webster Hall 08/02/2010 Boston MA Royale Boston 08/02/2010 Cambridge MA The Middle East Upstairs 07/30/2010 Ottawa ON Capital Music Hall 07/29/2010 Toronto ON Virgin Mobile Mod Club 07/27/2010 Detroit MI Magic Stick 07/27/2010 Pontiac MI The Crofoot Ballroom 07/24/2010 Minneapolis MN Varsity Theater