First Look Friday: Truth, Light + Honesty Are Kemi Ade's Best Friends
Afternoon, Okayplayers, we hope that this newest episode of First Look Friday reaches you in blessed spirits and good vibes. With her song “Third” receiving love from our audience on socials, Kemi Ade is building a reputation for being a crafty singer-songwriter who pulls no punches + has experiences we all can relate to. A worshipper at the altar of “alternative neo-soul,” Kemi Ade channels the sounds of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and filters it through her own truthful prism. Hailing from Croydon, South London, her music has easily captivated our earholes and her effortless infusion of flavorful sounds will do the same for you.
Blessed with the ability to make the song completely her own (thanks to her otherworldly writing abilities) — Kemi Ade has headlined shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, supported Denai Moore (another up-and-coming voice you should keep an eye on) and keeps intrigue around her like a classic Birkin bag. Liberating, sensual, golden and full of all of the keys — Kemi Ade is a name to commit to memory and play her songs on repeat. With all of that in mind, we are proud to present this week’s First Look Friday subject, Kemi Ade, her newest EP O.W.Nesty, which shares a deeper side of the singer than before, and talk about some of the truths she shares in her work.