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Fri, 10 Mar



Woodburner w/ Onipa + Volta 45


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Woodburner w/ Onipa + Volta 45
Woodburner w/ Onipa + Volta 45

Time & Location

10 Mar 2023, 21:00

London, 316 High Rd, London N15 4BP, UK

About the Event



“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

Born out of deep collaboration between long-time friends Kweku of Ghana and Tom Excell (musical director of Nubiyan Twist), Onipa represent a fiery collaboration between some of the heaviest players on the UK live scene.

The 5-piece 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.

Their debut album, ‘We No Be Machine’ was released in March 2020 via Strut Records. The record combines deep afro grooves, electronics and fierce energy in an effervescent celebration of cultural and musical encounters.

This release was followed in September 2021 by with ‘Tapes Of Utopia’, a new mixtape full of dancefloor fire released on Boomerang Records.

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.

Onipa have already played major live shows including The Great Escape (UK), ADE (NL), Eurosonic (NL), Glastonbury (UK), Fusion (DE), Africa Express (AUS/UK), Sauti Za Busara (ZAN), Karbardock (RE) and most recently at the virtual edition of SXSW 2021 (US) where they were picked as festival highlights by KCRW & New York Times.

 VOLTA 45 

Volta45 (Bernard Johnson-Tackie) is a Ghanaian born, London based record collector, DJ, writer, archivist and creative head of the The Goldenstool Project. He travels the world digging for records which would have been otherwise forgotten in time. His musical style is heavily influenced by Jazz, and is very percussive; playing a distinctive mix of afro funk, jazz, highlife and African influenced sounds from South America and beyond, making him one of the most sought after DJs on the afro scene in London.

His ‘Doin Our Own Thing’ nights, in the East End of London, are legendary, and he has also been a regular on the European and UK music festival scene. He has over the lockdown period curated a 5-part podcast documenting the history of Highlife music from 1920 to present. The podcast was recently featured in SongLines Magazine and Music in Africa(Paris).

Volta45 has collaborated with various bands and record labels, notably Soundway Records(Konkoma), Kalita Records, Yaaba Funk, Fofoula(offshoot of Outhouse Ruhabi), Hewale Soundz(Ghana) to name but a few. He is currently working with a Ghanaian jazz outfit whose single will be out on his GoldenStool label imprint later on this year.

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2100 - 2300 DJ

2300 - 0015 Onipa

0015 - Close Volta 45

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