Raheem Bakaré’sfirst foray into music occurred when he moved to South London at the age of twelve, after growing up in Hackney. Through this, Raheem decided to go along to the after school class and in order to try and fit in he was encouraged to play around on an old Casio keyboard. It was from this point onwards that Raheem’s unquenchable thirst for music first developed. After proving to be a natural, it wasn’t long until Raheem was asked to be the fourth member of a boyband. In fact, one of Bakaré’s fellow bandmates was Bluey Robinson, who would later go on to secure a record deal with Sony, as well as presenting shows for MTV UK. As school neared an end, the band members were forced to go their separate ways, but Raheem was determined that his teenage boyband days weren’t going to be the last he saw of the music industry. With an inquisitive mind, Raheem headed off to college where his understanding and passion for music naturally developed further while attending Music Technology classes.
Since then, Raheem has developed an exciting fusion for himself, describing his unique style as something that: “Stems from Hip Hop and R&B, but carries neo influences of electronic, experimental and indie.”
Keen to establish himself as an artist and to let people know that he has truly arrived on the music scene, Bakaré is now preparing to release his brand new EP, ‘AWOL.’ The project has been two years in the making as Raheem was constantly tweaking minor details to ensure that the record is something that will inspire the people around him. Bakaré sees this dark R&B-influenced debut as a taster of what is to come from him. He has already promised more soul and indie-influenced tracks to be released in the future to showcase his versatility and experimental nature as he sets to adorn the music skyline.