Ekiti Sound is the project of Leke (aka CHiF), whose debut album will land on April 26 via Crammed Discs. Leke is part of a burgeoning music scene in Lagos, Nigeria—and is the founder of Lagos Music Conference, part of his efforts to encourage the creative energy that’s once again captured the city. “The amount of attention we are receiving now hasn’t been like that since the mid '70s,” he says. “We are actively creating a new narrative for the modern African experience with a global perspective."
We're told that his debut album, Abeg No Vex, wires novel musical circuitry into shape, soldering UK soundsystem culture, hip-hop, and Afrobeat into new, haywire connections.
Growing up, Leke’s family repeatedly moved back and forth between the UK and Nigeria. He’s continued to be based between the two, laying down roots in both cities as an adult, working as a sound editor for Nollywood, the booming film industry in Nigeria, as well as for the UK’s Pinewood Studios. “The album is the soundtrack to the new diaspora,” Leke says, its tracks soaked in the memories of his different homes, from squat parties in Hackney Wick warehouses, in East London, to hanging out at Fela’s shrine in Ikeja.
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