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Tapes of Utopia

by ONIPA

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Tapes of Utopia harks back to a time of African cassette tapes sold on street markets, a reimagination of mixtape culture blending analogue tones of Afrobeat, Highlife and Soukous with Afrofuturism, 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 elites.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Tapes of Utopia via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around September 17, 2021
    edition of 200 

      £9.99 GBP or more 

     

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Intro 00:15
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Porridge 03:28
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Future 03:12
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Poem 00:34
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Tami 03:10
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Waist 03:30
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Tapes Of Utopia brilliantly showcases Onipa's crossover appeal, full of danceable grooves alongside politically astute lyricism. The legend Tony Allen features on 'Chicken No Dey Fly', 'Porridge' rallies against those who "Lie to the poor people", 'Tami' is a psychedelic exploration, while 'Mokole' features the MOBO award nominated Ghanaian rapper M3NSA - each track from the mixtape bristles with future-facing experimentation whilst giving nods to the heroes of the past.

The mixtape has received support from NPR, CLASH, Cerys Mathews (BBC 6 Music), Jess Iszatt (BBC Radio London), Jazz FM, Tom Robinson (The BBC Introducing Mixtape, BBC 6 Music), Matt Wilkinson (Apple Music 1), Songlines, Resonance FM, The Line of Best Fit, The Independent Arts, Pan African Music, Radio Nova, RFI & FIP.

Onipa was born out of a 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 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, Joe Henwood (Nubiyan Twist) on barritone sax & electronics and Finn Booth (Nubiyan Twist) on drums.

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released September 17, 2021

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ONIPA means human. A message of connection through collaboration... From Ghana to London, from our ancestors to our children, a prism of AFROFUTURISM refracts energy, groove, dance and fire

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