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Clubs: 'You don't get rid of me that easily.

Byline: with Emma Johnson

WHEN the UK R'n'B market exploded in the late 90s a freshfaced young black artist with a wide smile and big voice was there leading the charge - Kele Le Roc. Hailing from London's East End, at just 17 Kele, with her funky style and trade mark Madonna piercing, exploded onto the music scene. Barely out of her teens she already had two top 10 hits with A little Bit of Lovin' and My Love not to mention the hit album Everybody's Somebody . The daughter of Jamaican parents, Kele followed this success by scooping two Mobos in 1999 for Best Newcomer and Best Single and looked to have secured herself a place in the British black music scene.

Soon she was hooking up with US heavyweights like Busta Rhymes and Coolio and looking set for success across the Atlantic.

Sadly, Kele was dropped by her record label and almost as suddenly as she appeared she slipped from our radar.

But after a three-year battle to rid herself of her record label ties which took her out of the game for a while, Kele staged a comeback on the club scene providing vocals for one of the UK's biggest dance acts, Basement Jaxx. "I was always being asked who I would like to work with and I really think that Basement Jaxx are amazing," she explains. "They are so humble and down to earth."

Kele provided vocals on the catchy 2003 smash hit Romeo.

"I ended up going on tour with them for six months and they are such cool guys," she enthuses.

On Saturday, Kele will be performing Romeo live for clubbers at Garlands' 11th birthday, where another Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula Malinger will be performing the group's smash hit Oh My Gosh.

With a couple of acting roles not to mention a new album in the pipeline though, we could be seeing a lot more of Kele in her own right.

"I have just filmed a cameo for Shystie's new TV show on Channel 4 and I am also going to be appearing in a show about a family who own a record label," the 27year-old laughs.

"I am also bringing out my own clothing label called Funky Bitch. But I am really excited about my new album. My first album was very R'n'B pop but my own stuff is more artistic. It is fresh and unique.

"You don't get rid of me that easily! Watch this space


ON HER WAY BACK: Kele Le Roc is making a comeback
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 18, 2005
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