She’s been a fixture on the world music scene for more than a decade, but Kele Le Roc shows no signs of slowing down. Since winning two MOBOs in 1999, the UK urban sensation has had several hit singles and collaborated with artists as varied as jazz musician Courtney Pine and east London rapper/singer Estelle. She has also faced criticisms for her refusal to conform to one genre, but is quick to silence her naysayers. ‘As far as I’m concerned, God gave me a voice to sing; he didn’t give me limitations. I’m a soul singer and love all types of music – I sing from my soul.’
Kele’s biggest solo hit was ‘Little Bit of Lovin’ back in 1998, which was played so often it started to grate. But 10 years on, it’s neither omnipresent nor annoying; much like Kele herself, it now encourages sweet nostalgia. And it’s surely impossible to tire of Basement Jaxx’s ‘Romeo’, for which Kele provided the vocals. After nine years, this smash hit is still a constant presence in clubs worldwide, not least due to the sugary tones of Miss Le Roc.
With a new album on the way, we’re anticipating an energetic night when she rocks up to Alpha this month, supported by DJs C Sar, Rone Jaxx and David Craig, We’ve been told to expect R&B, hip hop, dancehall, drum ’n’ bass… the list goes on. Let’s just call it a mix of urban music genres.
Kele Le Roc plays Alpha on June 17, 9pm-3am. Dhs50, free entry and house beverages for ladies before midnight.