K.O.G + Dilutey Juice

Fri 11th March 2022 8pm £10 - £14

Location:
Venue Space, Cobalt Studios, 10-16 Boyd Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AP

Accessibility:
The Venue Space is fully wheelchair accessible.
If you have any specific requirements please contact us before your visit.

Afro-futurist tour de force & riotous performer K.O.G is back for the second time this season, with his original band K.O.G!

Viewing “Music as a major weapon in the battlefield for peace of mind in the world” Kweku Sackey aka K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana) loves 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.

Rightly celebrated for exhilarating live performances that can transform the energy of any audience. K.O.G 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.

Born in Accra, Ghana, to a nurse mother and marine engineer father who had studied in England, he grew up with a diverse range of international influences alongside Ghanaian styles. His ranges are wide, 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 he 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 Fablesalbum (Strut, March 2021) was performed live on Later with Jools Hollandand 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 both 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, Scrimshire Congo Natty, Dark Sky, Dizraeli, Chiminyo, Umoja and many more in the pipeline.