Olugbenga and Gareth Jones are Eku Fantasy. Photo: Luke Doman.

Olugbenga: "Growing Up Going to Church in Nigeria, You Learn to Sing & Dance in Polyrhythms From the Start"

We talk to the musician about the politics of accents, his dual background, the World Cup and much more ahead of his performance with Metronomy at NYC's Full Moon Fest.

Olugbenga Adelekan keeps busy.

The UK-based Nigerian splits his time between playing bass for the UK electronic group Metronomy and working on his own outlets like the newly formed Eku Fantasy. He's also done production for projects like Solange's latest masterpiece, A Seat at the Table,

In Eku Fantasy, his latest collaborative effort with South African-based producer Gareth Jones (Jumping Back Slash), Olugbenga delivers sharp vocals that don't shy away from addressing complex issues of race and politics.

We caught up with the UK-Nigerian artist over e-mail to talk about the politics of accents, his dual background, the World Cup and much more.

Catch Olugbenga playing with Metronomy this weekend at Matte Projects' Full Moon Fest in NYC. They'll be joined by Sudan Archives, James Murphy, Whitney and many others. Find tickets here.

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Eku Fantasy. Photo: Luke Doman.

This Striking Music Video Tackles The Loaded Question: "Where Is Your Accent From?"

Watch Eku Fantasy's futuristic music video for "Living On The Outside."

Eku Fantasy is the new cross-continental project from UK-based Nigerian artist Olugbenga Adelekan (of Metronomy) and the South African-based Gareth Jones (better known as Jumping Back Slash)—both artists that we've covered a lot for their respective work.

Before ever meeting in person, the duo had been collaborating over the internet from their respective hubs, eventually linking up in the small town of Knysna on South Africa's Garden Route to record their debut EP, EF1, due April 20.

Eku Fantasy's music blends Jones' dystopian-sounding production with Olugbenga's sharp vocals, which don't shy away from addressing complex issues of race and politics.

Today, we're premiering the striking music video for "Living On The Outside," a track that tackles themes of assimilation and alienation, as experienced by both artists who are 'transplants' in their current home countries.

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