Kenyan alt-RnB artist IkeN unveils debut album


IkeN unveils “Galatea”, an avant-garde Alt-R&B album reimagining the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. This album is a sonic exploration of the perils that arise from unrealistically high relationship expectations, seamlessly blending R&B melodies with lush synth soundscapes.

Told from Pygmalion’s perspective, “Galatea” is a modern cautionary tale, depicting the consequences of sculpting someone into an unattainable ideal. IkeN masterfully delves into the emotions of both characters, highlighting the pain caused by the eventual collapse of the pedestal on which Galatea is placed.

Fusing thick synths and intricate vocal harmonies, IkeN crafts an immersive soundscape that not only redefines musical genres, but also pushes the boundaries of musical storytelling. “Galatea” serves as a powerful exploration of love and its complexities, soundtracked by the interplay of IkeN’s vibrant vocals and modern Alt-R&B.

At 19, the Kenyan artist’s upbringing spanned various countries including Zimbabwe, Iran, and Bangladesh, exposing him to a rich tapestry of musical influences that continue to shape his unique sound. Introduced to music at an early age, IkeN learnt how to play piano in Bangadesh at eight years old, and started producing music at scool from the age of 13, initially experimenting with EDM remixes.

Written over a period of two years, Galatea was inspired by a book IkeN read on Greek mythology, drawing parallels between the ancient myths and contemporary themes. IkeN chose to build the album’s narrative around the central character, Pygmalion, crafting a modern musical interpretation of this timeless story. IkeN cites influences from artists such as Alina Baraz, Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean.

IkeN writes, composes and produces his music in conjunction with studying Business Management at the University of Nottingham, and has achieved over 500k streams across platforms.

IkeN on ‘Your Turn’: “Your Turn’ is probably my favorite song out of the last three I’ve made – one thing I wanted to make sure of during the making of this story was that it wouldn’t have a happy ending. I think they’re overrated, and don’t leave much space to develop. In my opinion, there’s much more to learn from a sad ending than a happy one.”

At just 19 years old, Kenyan R&B artist Ike Ngala (IkeN) has already captured the attention of fans worldwide with his soulful voice, melodies, and captivating lyrics. Born in Kenya and raised around the world, IkeN developed a passion for music at a young age. Influenced by the likes of Alina Baraz, emawk, and Frank Ocean, he was inspired to pursue a career in music. During his high school years, IkeN began writing songs and producing remixes, quickly gaining a following of devoted fans.

After graduating high school, IkeN decided to further his musical education by attending university to study business management. During this time, he has continued to hone their craft, experimenting with different sounds and refining his unique style of R&B music.

Drawing inspiration from his own life experiences, literature, and those of others around him, IkeN writes and produces music that is both relatable and heartfelt. His lyrics touch on themes of love, heartbreak, and personal growth, and his smooth, sultry voice brings those words to life.

With his talent, passion, and dedication, IkeN is poised to make a significant impact on the music industry. Keep an eye out for this rising star and expect big things to come from him in the future.

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