Keen to represent her Nigerian heritage as well as her British upbringing in her music, Aadae’s sound spans a wide range of influences. “My mum was religiously strict,” she explains in a press release, “but weirdly, and against Nigerian norms, she encouraged us in music. In her mind I think it acted as a distraction from gangs, gun and drug culture.”

Growing up in Peckham, from rifling through her dad’s record collection and singing with her brother and sister, she was exposed to everything from gospel, reggae and Afrobeat to UK funky house, neo-soul and early jazz, and, more recently, she counts artists such as MIA, Santigold and Little Dragon as having an influence on her sound.

“I describe my sound as a pop-lover’s take on the classic afrobeat form,” Aadae says. “It was always important to me that my music told my story. Whatever I do has to represent my British upbringing as well as my Nigerian heritage.”

Her debut single ‘River of Tears’ is out now, and she’s due to play Tooting Tram & Social this Saturday.

We took ten minutes with Aadae to find out more.

Three words to describe my music…
Melancholic afrobeat pop

Favourite ever film…
I’d say Blow. I live for the chase and always route for the underdog.

The most famous person I’ve met…
Quincy Jones. I performed in front of him in a bar whilst I was gigging around New York.

The best venue I’ve played…
The Village Underground in Shoreditch.

The song I can’t listen to…
MacArthur Park. I’ve just never understood the sentiment behind the lyrics… but then maybe I’m just a bit slow

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Selling double glazing door to door in High Wycombe

My favourite meal to cook…
Anything that doesn’t require bananas, melons, cucumbers or avocados (I’m not a picky eater).

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
So Solid Crew. Call me nostalgic.

My favourite word…
‘dunenowotimeen’, aka ‘do you know what I mean’ With my spin on it, it might as well be one word.

If I had a superpower, I’d want it to be…
Mind control. With this I could manipulate every situation to suit me.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Fela’s Shrine Ikeja (because it’s the home of Afrobeat)

I think you should listen to…
‘Keira’ by Susso

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Radiohead. I think they are amazing.

Aadae plays Tooting Tram & Social on 12th August.