Underground Music Society, Carlisle Street
“Effervescent, life-affirming” Mojo
“A sizzling Afrobeat vibe…everything was on point: the costumes, the set design, and the dancing. Pure joy!” KCRW (Top picks of SXSW 2021)
“Riotous beats and irresistible delirium of Onipa, whose rogue strain of griot hip-hop and charismatic front man KOG have the entire place beaming” The Guardian
Born out of deep collaboration between long-time friends K.O.G. (Kweku of Ghana of KOG and the Zongo Brigade) and Tom Excell(MD, guitarist and writer of acclaimed jazz/ soul afrobeat pioneers Nubiyan Twist), the 5-piece live show features Joe Henwood(Nubiyan Twist)on baritone sax & electronics and Finn Booth (Nubiyan Twist) on drums.
The upcoming mixtape brilliantly showcases their crossover appeal, full of danceable grooves alongside political lyricism.
“Tapes of Utopia harks back to a time of African cassette tapes sold on street markets, a reimagination of mixtape culture, blending genres from analogue tones of Afrobeat, Highlife and Soukous to Afrofuturistic rap and electronics. Tapes of Utopia symbolises a time when technology was decentralised, a vision of utopia where humans are liberated by safe technology that benefits the people not the elite.”
“ONIPA means ‘human’ in Akan, the ancient language of the Ashanti people of Ghana. It’s a message of connection through collaboration: from Ghana to London, our ancestors to our children, Onipa brings energy, groove, electronics, afrofuturism, dance and fire!” (K.O.G.)