Ahead of her show and exhibition at SET tonight, we caught up with Aadae to find out about five tracks that have influenced her resplendent and richly textured soundscapes.

Crafting a soaring, vibrant and harmonious blend of infectious pop melodies and Afrobeat rhythms Aadae’s sound exudes an entrancing warmth and vitality. Drawing from her Nigerian heritage along with her experiences of growing up in South London, Aadae’s songwriting is imbued with a certain personal intimacy whilst fully inviting you into her world, as evidenced on her glorious new single ‘Fly Free’.

Speaking on the exhibition and performance, and her exploration of Nigerian South London diaspora on ‘Fly Free’, Aadae expresses “I think personal experiences shape how we all move through this world. For me, growing up in Peckham and being part of a diverse melting pot of cultures is what make living in London special.

Like the music I make, the exhibition I am co-curating is a celebration of multiculturalism. The event is going to be an amazing combo of crowd sourced photographs of people from a variety a different backgrounds to celebrate how diverse and colourful London is and a soundscape and live performance that echoes this theme.

On a very personal level, I will also be documenting my own experiences of South East London. I am inviting people into my way of seeing –  I think it will be interesting as shine a light on some really unique subcultures”.

Ahead of tonight’s performance, get to know Aadae In Five…

Shygirl – Ukers

There is something so brilliantly primal about this song that really works – its like advanced nursery rhyme for adults. This is one of my favourite releases of the year because sonically it has the perfect balance of everything that I find relevant – rhythm, beat, flow, cadence with a healthy dose of wit. 

Sudan Archives – Nont for Sale

I love the way Sudan Archives keeps me in suspense but somehow never seem to fail. ‘Nont for Sale’ channels the spirit of Sudanese fiddler music that sounds and feels to familiar to me – it reminds me of West African kora music. The blend of soul and electronics with a north African slant is one of the most refreshing and exciting sounds out at the moment. 

Kano – SYM

‘SYM’ is so lyrically poignant as Kano shares a truth that extends far beyond his own experiences. This song acts as mouthpiece to bring awareness to the Black British migrant struggle in the most personal way. The strength in Kano’s pen and musical energy on ‘SYM’ is absolutely undeniable in the best of ways.

Ninola – Boda Sodiq

‘Boda Sodiq’ is easily one of my favourite songs of the year. This track solidifies Ninola’s status as Afro-house queen. It is a blend of House and Dance, Highlife guitar rifts, west African polyrhythms with a singing style reminiscent of Nigerian Fuji/Waka music – this is a fresh take on the Afrobeats sound.  

Sister Nancy – Bam Bam

Bam Bam is and has always been such a classic dub record that will never get old. Sister Nancy brings so much swag to this song, it has such an infectious bassline and memorable topline, it is impossible not to sing along. 

Aadae plays Set Space in Dalston tonight, last tickets here.