Baraka Ongeri, aka rising star Binki, has long
harboured ambitions to perform on the stage – the theatre stage, that is. Throughout
his teenage years, the Pennsylvania-born musician had his heart firmly set on
an acting career, having studied theatre at the University of North Carolina.
‘accidental’ pop career began when he started learning the guitar and writing
songs in his spare time. By the summer of 2018, when he made his Spotify debut
with the single ‘Marco’, a languid, intoxicating mix of hip-hop and indie
guitar, Binki had firmly swapped his acting ambitions for a career in music.
to say, theatre’s loss is most certainly music’s gain. As you’d expect of
someone who cites the influence of Childish Gambino, Pink Floyd and Tyler The
Creator, Binki makes music that defies categorisation. Just a handful of
singles into his career, he’s already established a bold, freewheeling sound
which absorbs everything from punk and disco to hip-hop and funk. Most
importantly, though, he channels that voracious eclecticism through futurist
pop songs bursting with big hooks and sultry grooves.
signed to the excellent New York-based FADER label, he’s been rightfully tipped
as one of 2020’s most exciting and dynamic pop talents. With days getting
longer and temperatures steadily rising, Binki’s gloriously carefree, fluid pop
songs should provide the perfect summer soundtrack.
KEY TRACK: ‘Heybb’ – A
kaleidoscope of shimmering guitars, funky basslines and feelgood vocals, this
latest single is a perfect distillation of Binki’s genre-defying modus
FOR FANS OF: Gus
Dapperton, Childish Gambino, Tyler The Creator.