“Riotous beats and irresistible delirium” The Guardian
Onipa is an Afro-Futurist project from Ghana/ London founded in 2018 by K.O.G (founder of K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade) and Tom Excell (founder of Nubiyan Twist). Alongside bandmates Finn Booth (Nubiyan Twist) and Wonky Logic (Steam Down) and Joe Henwood (Nubiyan Twist). Since their debut showcase at The Great Escape festival they have gone on to sell out the Jazz Cafe, London and play 40 summer shows around the UK and Europe in 2019 including, Glastonbury (Truth Stage), Shambala (Dance Tent), Fellabration (Paradiso, Amsterdam) and headline shows in Zanzibar and La Reunion Island in 2020. They were also invited by Africa Express to perform in Australia for Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday celebration as well as Damon Albarn’s ‘The Circus’ in Leyton, London.
Their debut album We No Be Machine was released in March 2020, with a 4* review from MOJO and UK radio play on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 from Benji B, Cerys Matthews, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe alongside others.
Although 2020 was a very difficult year for music Onipa have still managed to record an immersive live performance at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios for WOMAD and are currently working on their next record.