Onipa Bert Verso

Onipa + Bert Verso

Fri 4th February 2022 8pm £9 - £13

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

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

Cobalt are delighted to welcome Onipa back to our stage!

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 rioutous live show features KOG on vocals, balafon and percussion, Tom on guitar, percussion and electronics, Dwayne Kilvington (Wonky Logic) on synths and MPC and Finn Booth (Nubiyan Twist) on drums.

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, afrofuturism, dance and fire!” (K.O.G.)

The band will be touring the UK this Winter to promote their latest release – TAPES OF UTOPIA – a mixtape that brilliantly showcases their crossover appeal, full of danceable grooves alongside political lyricism.

Tapes of Utopia harks back to a time of African cassette tapes sold on street markets, a reimagination of mixtape culture, blending genres from analogue tones of Afrobeat, Highlife and Soukous to Afrofuturistic rap and electronics.

Tapes of Utopia symbolises a time when technology was decentralised, a vision of utopia where humans are liberated by safe technology that benefits the people not the elite.”

“Effervescent, life-affirming” Mojo

“A sizzling Afrobeat vibe…everything was on point: the costumes, the set design, and the dancing. Pure joy!” KCRW (Top picks of SXSW 2021)

“Riotous beats and irresistible delirium of Onipa, whose rogue strain of griot hip-hop and charismatic front man KOG have the entire place beaming” The Guardian