World Music

African Night Fever: Onipa

About this event

Explosive Afro-futurist collective Onipa and their high-octane live show, fronted by singer and percussionist K.O.G, celebrating new album ‘Off The Grid’.

Off the Grid is a journey that joins the origin story of dance rhythms from Africa to electronic dance music of today’s clubs and festivals, connecting African folklore and storytelling to rap, jazz, and hip hop.

From Accra Market cassette tapes to London pirate radio stations, Malian blues to UK jazz, the twin creative forces behind Onipa – Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist) and Kweku Sackey (K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade) – together with Finn Booth on drums and Dwayne Kilvington (a.k.a. Wonky Logic) on synths, have built a life-affirming and highly original world of sound.

Off the Grid is Onipa’s second full-length album, their first release on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records, and features an impressive cast of collaborators including Moonchild Sanelly, David Walters, Dele Sosimi, and Theon Cross.

“A red hot cocktail of Afro-futurist grooves which take us from Accra to Johannesburg, passing by Kinshasa and other planets” ~ Le Monde

“An effervescent, life-affirming Pan-African tour” ~ Mojo

“Riotous beats and irresistible delirium” ~ The Guardian

Support comes from Liz Ikamba.

British-Congolese (DRC) singer and multi-instrumentalist Liz Ikamba cross-pollinates musical and cultural influences, seamlessly blending the rich and vibrant sounds of Congo folk music with elements of Jazz, soul, dub, hip hop, and more.

Liz has just released her debut solo album ‘Mama’, a dedication to her late parents in which she weaves together a personal and ancestral story, with songs sung in both English and Lingala, speaking largely from her experience as a dual heritage woman and artist living in the UK

Afro-Caribbean food will be available from 6.30pm on the night from the Soul Food Sisters. No pre-booking necessary. Meat and vegetarian options are available.

Please note, this event is primarily configured for standing and dancing. Limited seating is available to book for those who require it. Seating will be positioned around the edge of the auditorium, and visibility may be impacted.

Age Guidance 16+

  • Date
    Sat, November 25, 2023
  • Start time 8:00 PM
  • Price £17.00 - £19.00
  • Duration 120 Minutes
  • Event format TBA

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Ropetackle Arts Centre

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