Aadae makes music that crosses boundaries. Born in Nigeria but raised in Peckham, her songwriting speaks of family parties spent listening to high life and Afrobeat, long nights in South London dancing to UK garage music, and an innate love of the impact pop songwriting can have.

Following support from BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 Music, The Fader, The Line of Best Fit, and more, her debut EP Agape was released in November 2017. It crosses several continents to deliver something laced with colour, life, and energy.

Opening and closing with samples of a Yoruba church service in rural Nigeria, Aadae focuses on worship in all its forms. Her song ‘Flat Line (Make Me Lose My Mind)’ is perfectly formed, a piece of Afro-centric future soul that recalls everyone from Jessie Ware to Erykah Badu.

‘Die Happy’ is a complex, interweaving ballad, a show piece for Aadae’s ineffable voice and her broad, wonderfully mature songwriting. ‘River of Tears’ spearheads the project, uniting West African tradition with London street culture to craft something entirely unique.

A globe-trotting talent with a magpie-like sense for aural jewels, Aadae sits alongside anyone from Fela Kuti to M.I.A., Santigold to Little Dragon.

‘I describe my sound as a pop-lover’s take on the classic afrobeat form,’ Aadae says. ‘It was always important to me that my music told my story. Whatever I do has to represent my British upbringing as well as my Nigerian heritage.’

I describe my sound as a pop-lover’s take on the classic afrobeat form

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