Packing her music with unashamed confidence, poignancy and intrigue, delivering it with exuberance and flair, Sydney musician OKENYO is an artist whose musical journey is one of constant evolution.
Respected and renowned for her meticulous crafting of music that pushes the boundaries, OKENYO’s artistry reflects the fluidity and changing perceptions of hip-hop and R&B, as created by Australian musicians.
The release of OKENYO’s EP THE WAVE in 2018, fans and newcomers were on the receiving end of a powerful statement. OKENYO captured attention with effervescence and revitalised charm, coming off the back of successful tours and writing sessions that proved momentous for the artist.
Evocative and passionate, OKENYO’s presence on record became matched onstage, with enthusiastic crowds building in loyalty and number. As an outlet, music was a saviour as much as it was a creative ambition.
Music was the thing that helped me come back to life creatively and personally. I want to push myself to write what I want to write and not follow trends or succumb to whatever preconceived ideas we culturally and societally think the path to ‘success’ is.
The artistic versatility and strength that fans had heard from OKENYO on Urthboy’s ‘Second Heartbeat’, not to mention her own ‘10 Feet Tall’ release, was further animated with the defining single, ‘Woman’s World’. With a voice striking stronger than ever before, ‘Woman’s World’ proved demonstrative of OKENYO’s creative fervour and bold approach to lyrical delivery, coating pointed messages in slick raps that were likened to the talents of Frank Ocean and Janelle Monae.
Working with songwriter Lionel Towers on the fiery follow up in ‘Hang Your Hat’, OKENYO began laying the foundations for what promises to be a powerful 2019 of new music.
A new OKENYO record is already in the bag for 2019 - the sounds ever dynamic and bolder still. As she hypnotically intoned on ‘Woman’s World’, she’s a very busy woman with a lot on her plate.
Firmly establishing herself within a strong new generation of women pushing Australian music forward, OKENYO is hitting the ground running with a new sound. A sound from someone unafraid, someone bold. Someone who says what they want.
2019 is the year of OKENYO.