Kele Okereke

  • 30 March 2010

Date of birth

13th October, 1981







Kele Okereke (born October 13th 1981) is a singer best known for being a member of Bloc Party.

Childhood: Kele Okereke was born in Liverpool but grew up in London. His parents were Roman-Catholic, and a midwife and a molecular biologist. He attended Ilford County High School and, later, Trinity Catholic High School. He studied English Literature at King's College, London.

Career: Kele Okereke is the lead singer of currently inactive indie rock band Bloc Party who released their debut album 'Silent Alarm' in 2005 and went on to release another three records. Their second album 'A Weekend in the City' reached number 2 in UK charts upon its release in 2007, which included the singles 'The Prayer' and 'Flux'. Okereke re-located to Berlin in 2008, and the following year appeared on Tiësto's 'It's Not the Things You Say' and Martin Solveig's 'Ready 2 Go'. Subequently, Bloc Party took its first hiatus before the released of album 'Four' in 2012, and then returned to their hiatus after 2013 EP 'The Nextwave Sessions'. Okereke's debut solo album 'The Boxer' was released in 2010 through Wichita, Polydor and Glassnote Records, with the lead single being 'Tenderoni'. The following year he released 'The Hunter' EP along with the single 'What Did I Do'. In 2013, he appeared on Sub Focus' 'Turn It Around', and the next year he released album two 'Trick' through his own Lilac Records.

Personal Life: Though Okereke has always been very interview shy, he came out to the public as homosexual in 2010.

Kele Okereke Thought He'd Die On A Trip To Nigeria

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 05 October 2017

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Kele Okereke feared he would die on a recent trip to Nigeria.

Kele Okereke feared he would die on a recent trip to Nigeria.

The 35-year-old musician - who is known for being the guitarist in Bloc Party - recently the country in West Africa to see his grandmother who is poorly, and he has admitted ''on a number of occasions'' he thought he was going to die.

Speaking to Shortlist magazine about the treacherous trip, he said: ''I went with my dad to visit my sick grandmother. It was an interesting experience. I thought on a number of occasions, 'This is ti - I'm going to die here. We're not getting out of this situation.' But I didn't die, obviously. I'm here in my patio.''

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Bloc Party Announce They're Currently Recording Their Fifth Album

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 18 March 2015

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The British indie group's second hiatus didn't last too long, as singer Kele Okereke reveals they've started work on a new album.

Can I have either a drumroll or a medieval trumpet fanfare please? Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke has confirmed that the group has begun work on its fifth album!

The indie four-piece last released a studio record in 2012, entitled Four, before following it up with a five-song EP The Nextwave Sessions and announcing their hiatus the following year. Not much of a hiatus, as it turns out, as new material is currently being finessed with a release to be anticipated by the end of 2015.

Image caption Kele Okereke announced that Bloc Party had started work on album number five

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Kele Okereke and Bloc Party Sunday 14th October 2012 Bloc Party performing live at O2 Academy Glasgow

Kele Okereke and Bloc Party - Thursday 7th July 2011 at Optimus Alive! Alges, Portugal

Kele Okereke Thursday 18th November 2010 Kele Okereke performs at The Ritz. Manchester, England

Kele Okereke, On the Lam Single Review

By Nima Baniamer in Music Reviews on 11 November 2010

Kelechukwu Rowland Okereke, or Kele as better known, went solo this year from his hugely successful band Bloc Party. Now releasing the third single from his LP The Boxer, it seems that Kele is still attempting to establish a name for himself within the music scene. Sadly, if anything, On The Lam, is a productive mess that may hinder him as a credible artist.

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Kele Okereke and Bloc Party - Kele Okereke of Bloc Party Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - The 2010 Lowlands Festival - Day Three Sunday 22nd August 2010

Kele Okereke - Kele Okereke, Sunday 18th July 2010 at LoveBox London, England