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Kele Okereke and Matt Jones announce musical LEAVE TO REMAIN and shares new song ‘Not The Drugs Talking’


Kele Okereke has worked on the score for the new play marking his first theatrical project, working alongside Matt Jones.

Kele explains: “‘Leave To Remain’ is the story of what happens when a marriage forces two very different families to come together. For the music for this project I took cues from the records that my parents would play in our house when I was growing up, West African high-life music, and I tried to combine those sounds with the electronic dance music I hear in clubs today. It was important to me to make something that represented the meeting of two very different worlds.”

Kele performed his original song ‘Not the Drugs Talking’ for the first time at the Lyric’s season announcement.

Directed by Robby Graham, Leave To Remain opens The Lyric Hammersmith in London on January 18th, and runs until February 16th. Buy tickets here. 

Published: 4th September 2018