Listen now to Cerys Matthews on BBC RADIO 6 for the LIVE ONIPA mash up of their mix TAPES OF UTOPIA. K.O.G representing the ONIPA family in an interview from 1hr 5mins followed by some spellbinding sonics.
Really enjoying the experience of co-directing my first ever film alongside MAISHA WEBSTER AMERICAN GLOBAL PROFESSOR IN BLACK GOTHIC STUDIES. A film extending the tentacles of afro-futurism, exploring black identity, cultural diversity and black spaces. Really grateful to involve fellow filmmaker FREDDIE KUMAH and the incredible creative community of Sheffield and its Afro Carribean roots. Massive thanks to THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD for bringing about this collaboration for the BEING HUMAN FESTIVAL.
I spent an inspiring day in London filming the video for this beautiful track from CHIMINYO. Check out SEE ME by CHIMINYO (FEAT K.O.G). Video coming soon!
Honoured to be involved with the powerful new project being brought to us by Ghana's Lioness WIYALLA. Check out the brand new single YAGA YAGA, bringing pride and unity to Ghana.
Mighty French Producers MAWIMBI known for their heavy World, Afro and incredible bass inspired sound, link with K.O.G for this 70's dance afro-disco joint 'KAKRAA'. Highlighting the plights of Africans living in diaspora and their willingness to work hard to return to home and help improve the lives of their families and country people. The song further talks about the shabby political systems of Africa and how politicians lobby for votes with promises in their manifestos and turn their backs on issues once in power. This record pours out SOUL heavy highlife waves of toned futuristic synths. LISTEN NOW.
K.O.G and his ONIPA family take you on a psychedelic pilgrimage into the sonic power of Afro beats. They joined forces and resources to seek wisdom and be inspired by the rhythmic ingenuity of TONY ALLEN on DRUMS. Nothing can beat the king of Afro beats! What a blessing! And to be reminded once again of the reality and socio-economic burdens facing the African continent. 'CHICKEN NO DEY FLY' represents a daily narrative of the hustle and bustle of the hot streets of Africa. A term coined from the confines of the compound house of Kweku's Grandmother to illustrate the extent to which people have been patient and resilient in spite of all political and social turmoil. A call to UNITY and FAITH in the hope that the future will shine and bring enough relief. They describe this record as FAMILY as they extended hands to a range of creatives to help paint this conceptual picture. They harnessed the musical and literary energy of a Sheffield based MC/RAPPER/SPOKEN WORD APOSTLE FANZ VON to further immerse everyone into this bliss full paradigm they are painting. On SYNTH AND KEYS - CHIS MAYALL of BIG SPOON STUDIOS. He is an accomplished keyboard wizard and long term friend of ONIPA. Bringing some radiant sounds and futuristic alongside subtle jazzy tones. A first ever horn collaboration with JOE HENWOOD as the lead BARITONE SAX PLAYER and friends from Leeds College of Music and other various projects - MAX PURCELL-BURROWS (TROMBONE), HARRY FOWLER (TENOR SAX, GRIFTON FORBES-AMIS (TRUMPET). They have brought the female energy and universal connection to the track with LIZZIE BIRCHIE. THANKS TO BOOMERANG RECORDS AND LIQUID MANAGMENT.
HOLD TIGHT NEW K.O.G MUSIC AND MERCH COMING SOON!!!!
Yo wonderful humans! Check out some of my music videos and my video diaries which will be coming to you weekly(ish). More excitement coming soon with Artist Interviews!
Jamming with BEN HASKINS "Ayinye" Tracks coming from my new album - OCTOBER 2021!!
MAWIMBI and K.O.G
K.O.G and the Zongo brigade with Wiyaala in
"BRAND NEW DAY"
K.O.G and the Zongo Brigades
"TURN UP THE MUSIC"
"MUSIC FOR YOUR MIND" Produced by HIPPO SOUND SYSTEM, Feat - DJ SPYDA, FRANZ VON and K.O.G!
BEIKO MLIBA (A TIME IS COMING)
FEAT K.O.G and DIZRAELI
K.O.G featured on the amazing Nubiyan Twists track "If I Know"
"Later with Jools Holland"
K.O.G and his ONIPA family with all the vibes on their trip to ZANZIBAR.
K.O.G and his ONIPA family recorded live for SXSW.
W O R K S H O P S
Join me for a bespoke and unorthordox journey into Sound, Rhythm and Movement for children, adults, families (in fact - everyone!) Through lockdown my main joy has been spending time with my children. A huge part of this has been the connection that music brings. Learning rhythm with percussion, discovering whilst also freeing your voice, and releasing inhibitions through tradititonal, spiritual African dance.
Sound, rhythm and movement are scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and depression as you release these wonderful endorphins by harnessing the energy sound and movement generates.
Workshops available for all ages and abilities - Suitable for schools.
Register interest using the contact us form.
Available Summer 2021 - Sheffield, Bristol, London and Hereford.
Basic rhythm inspired movement and meditation.
Human Tone VS Balafon
Childrens Drumming Workshop
“I view MUSIC as a major WEAPON in the BATTLEFIELD for PEACE of MIND in the world” – K.O.G
Kweku Sackey aka K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana) is a multi-dimensional creative force, combining exquisite writing skills with shamanistic live performance, fierce raps, perfectly on pitch singing across a massive vocal range and some absolutely wicked dance moves. Not to mention his skills as a percussionist, arranger, bandleader and art director.
Rightly celebrated for exhilarating live performances that can transform the energy of any audience, he is a true poet and storyteller, using a mix of English, Pidgin and Ga to paint sonic pictures that reach deep into the souls of everyone ready to listen.
“I love to make music that CONNECTS, REVIVES , EDUCATES and ENTERTAINS, drawing on the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well being of us as individuals and our quest to maintain balance with the universe.”
Born in Accra, Ghana, to a physicist father who had studied in England, and his mother a Nurse, he grew up with a diverse range of international influences alongside Ghanaian styles.
“I was influenced a great deal by a range of artists from jazz to opera and traditional and folk music: Tom Waits, Quincy Jones, Bob Marley, Sizzla, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ebo Taylor, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Atongo Simba, George Clinton, Pavarotti, Warsaw Village Band”
Resident for over 10 years in Sheffield, UK, music has taken him to perform in 15 countries at huge stages all over the world, from Glastonbury’s legendary West Holts stage to Fusion (Germany), Sauti Za Busara (Zanzibar), Kabardock (Reunion) and the Commonwealth Games (Gold Cost, Australia), winning the 2018 Young Commonwealth Performer and performing for Nelson Mandela’s family.
A prolific writer and collaborator, he needs a range of projects to showcase the different sides of his unique talent. He is the lead vocalist for afro-futurist project Onipa (Strut Records, Wormfood) and hi-life/hiphop/funk band K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade (Heavenly Sweetness), as well as collaborating extensively with Nubiyan Twist; his song ‘If I know’ off the Freedom Fables album (Strut, March 2021) was performed live on Later with Jools Holland and A playlisted twice on BBC6 Music.
Kweku is deeply aware of his heritage and of his role as an ambassador both through space and time, negotiating culturally between African and Western influences and between the traditional and the modern: always open to new innovations and ideas while firmly rooted in a deep lineage. This openness has informed recent collaborations with a wide wide range of producers and writers, including iZem, Afriquoi, Congo Natty, Dark Sky, Dizraeli, Chiminyo, Umoja and many more in the pipeline.
He will launch his solo album in October 2021 on French label Heavenly Sweetness, produced by master French beatmaker Guts (Alliance Ethnik) and longtime friend and collaborator Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist, Onipa).
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"I come from a culture that EMPOWERS and ENLIGHTENS humanity about the beautiful existence and interplay of the LIGHT and DARKNESS a constant reality from past, present and future."