Seye releases single Mexicana Bounce: an ode to a break-up set in a Mexican restaurant

Posted on 26 September 2012
By Jo Ching
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Seye will release his second single Mexicana Bounce on 8 October 2012 via Stranger Records/Mercury.

Seye has since signed to Mercury, the home of fellow Afro Pop star D’Banj, has played some of the biggest UK festivals including Isle Of Wight, Lounge On The Farm and Latitude, provided guest vocals on The Very Best’s single Kondaine and begun work on his debut album with the likes of Afrikan Boy and Spoek Mathambo.

Seye also joined Damon Albarn on his Africa Express Train Tour in September alongside Amadou & Mariam, Gruff Rhys and Bombay Bicycle Club, even playing guitar with Paul McCartney at the London leg of the tour.

The colourful pop singer returns with the suitably upbeat Mexicana Bounce, an ode to a break-up not gone entirely to plan, set in a Mexican restaurant.

Taking a leaf out of Paul Simon’s approach to song-writing with more of a storytelling style in the verses, it’s more poetic and figurative than your average pop song, re-affirming that Seye isn’t your average pop star. It has a distinctive Afro-dance feel, influenced by his collaborations with the Afrobeats scene and lives up to its title with more than a little ‘bounce’ to the catchy chorus.

After supporting Lana Del Rey late last year, Emeli Sande on her UK tour in April, Seye was asked by Paloma Faith to be her main support at Somerset House in July, joining Paloma on-stage to play guitar during the hit single Stone Cold Sober.

Seye has been playing with a brand new live band, which features the fabulous keyboard player Hinako Omori and astonishing young drummer Amanda Brown, who might just be the female Questlove.

Born in Nigeria and now living in Bromley via Ecuador and Holland, Seye is a truly modern pop star in the making.

Seye is Gbenga from Metronomy’s younger brother. Proving that musical talent runs in the family, Seye started out playing guitar for big name pop artists such as Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and The Noisettes

Now he’s going it alone and showing he’s a formidable and multi-cultural new talent in his own right.

Seye UK Dates:
Wed 26 Sep Birmingham O2 Academy w/Aiden Grimshaw
Thur 27 Sep Glasgow King Tuts w/Aiden Grimshaw
Fri 28 Sep Leeds Cockpit w/Aiden Grimshaw
Sun 30 Sep Manchester Academy 3 w/Aiden Grimshaw
Mon 1 Oct Oxford O2 Academy w/Aiden Grimshaw
Tue 2 Oct London Scala w/Aiden Grimshaw
Fri 12 Oct London XOYO Scandalism Weekender, £12.50
Wed 24 Oct Manchester Academy 1 with Alex Clare
Thu 25 Oct London Koko with Alex Clare

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