Raheem Bakaré released a solid debut EP in 2014, he got some good traction off it too; it was named BBC’s Record of the Week, the album was also endorsed by Huw Stephens, Bakaré appeared on countless “One to Watch” lists and was even flown out to New York by BET to perform at their Music Matters Stage. Despite the fast-paced start to his career Raheem decided to take a decent chunk of time to create his second EP “Lucid Soul Dream”. The record came out last year and has had over half a million streams on Spotify.
He shared the Noisey stage at Lovebox in 2017 with Solange, Sampha, Kaytranada, Ray BLK & other cutting-edge artists. He’s effectively reintroduced himself on the scene and is bound for a big year.
Bakaré describes his sound on his Facebook page as “R&B, Soul, Electronic and all the good stuff…” Although jokingly vague, this is an apt description as he fuses elements of each of these genres in his sound; it’s current without being mainstream and well worth hearing.
The two EP’s released thus far, lead us to believe he’s much more Soulful than Pop, more Miguel than Chris Brown. Sort of like old skool Usher with modern trippy Electronic RnB production, make no mistake though Raheem Bakaré is a unique London artist putting out downright cool tunes that are solely his own.
Bakaré is a clever songwriter and expertly plays to his strengths while writing about personal experience. He’s an undeniably talented singer who can sound both smooth and soulful at the same time. Raheem’s impressive falsetto is a captivating secret weapon utilised seamlessly during his live performance.