In January 2019, Leave to Remain, a new musical written by Kele Okereke and Matt Jones debuted in London. Announced in September 2018, the musical about an interracial gay couple was preceded by the single Not the Drugs Talking which showed a move back towards beats following the more acoustic Fatherland. Telling a love story through the Prism of Brexit, the new show is accompanied by a tie-in album of new songs. Speaking about the subject matter and his feelings on the UK in 2019, Okereke claimed that “It’s not a time that I’ve been proud to be British. It’s an ugly time. The opportunity to tell a story about people from different cultures coming together and finding love in the shadow of that is an important thing to stand up for. Independent
"This kaleidoscopic soundtrack to the Bloc Party frontman’s soulful play of the same name combines UK dance music with West African highlife. It’s an effective and at times profound marriage of cultural worlds"
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