Onipa

We No Be Machine

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Afro grooves, electronics and fierce energy. Afro futurist sensations Onipa unleash their debut album, combining Afro grooves, electronics and fierce energy for an effervescent celebration of cultural and musical encounters.

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, Afro-futurism, dance and fire! 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 group features KOG on vocals, balafon and percussion, Tom Excell on guitar, percussion and electronics, Dwayne Kilvington (Wonky Logic) on synths and MPC and Finn Booth (Nubiyan Twist) on drums.

The group have worked closely with Ghanaian star Wiyaala who features on three tracks, singing in the Sisaala language from the North of Ghana. The album also features collaborations with South African rapper Spoek Mathambo, Lesotho star Morena Leraba, Ghanaian percussion master Afla Sackey and Tanzanian sisters Pendo & Leah Zawose, each adding their own flavour to the project. “Through the musical prisms of London and Ghana our influences join together to create, a fundamental thread of traditional African rhythms, instrumentation and storytelling, interwoven with electronics, urban soundscapes and synth bass. We use technology, but it should never use us, our music is live and about deep human connection.” (Onipa)

TRACK LISTING

A1. We No Be Machine
A2. Mr. Ali
A3. Yenimno
A4. Material Microdots
A5. Hey No I Say
B1. Digital Timeline
B2. Fire
B3. Makoma Feat. Wiyaala
B4. Smoke Screen
B5. Nipa Bi
C1. Free Up Feat. Morena Leraba, Spoek Mathambo & Syntax
C2. Safari A Muziki Feat. Pendo & Leah Zawose
C3. Gamashie Choice Feat. Afla Sackey
C4. Sohaa Gb3k3
C5. Waters Of Congo
D1. Onipa Feat. Wiyaala
D2. Kukuru
D3. Kon Kon Sa Feat. Wiyaala
D4. Promised Land Feat. Jally Kebba Suso

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