Everybody’s crazy. Sometimes that thing is what unlocks the dream.

An uplifting talk from K.O.G AKA Kweku Sackey where he spoke to us about his mission to bring the music, storytelling and culture of West Africa to all that he creates.

About the speaker

After the Christmas break we will back in January to launch the new year and Leanne’s first event as host with K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana) aka Kweku Sackey!

Kweku is an internationally renowned professional musician, artist, songwriter, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist originating from Ghana and now based in Sheffield, UK.

He is the frontman for his band K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade, which fuses traditional African rhythms and storytelling with operative vocals, hard-hitting patios, live brass and percussion. He is also half of Onipa with guitarist and producer Tom Excell (Nubyian Twist). Both bands have international recognition. K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade are signed to the Heavenly Sweetness label and their debut album Wahala Wahala has had both a UK and Worldwide release (March and April 2019).

A recent ten date UK tour culminated in headlining a sold out show at the Jazz Café, London on 13th April 2019. Onipa performed at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express: The Circus on 29th March 2019 to celebrate Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and were invited to collaborate with over 100 African musicians over a three day period leading to an all-star performance. The Guardian review stated that K.O.G and Onipa were a highlight of a performance that included Blur, Tony Allen, Pauline Black, Michael Kiwanuka and a host of internationally regarded African performers.

Kweku plays the Balafon, Djembe, Kpanlogo, shekere. He collaborates and writes with many international artists including Wiyaala, a female Ghanaian pop star with a growing audience in the UK. In 2018 he won the prestigious Young Commonwealth Performer of the Year and performed for Nelson Mandela’s family in Melbourne Australia.

Kweku’s mission is to bring the music, storytelling and culture of West Africa to all that he creates, effortlessly blending these rhythms and styles with hip hop, jazz, soul and funk. He has taught vocal and percussion workshops in schools, community centres and at festivals. He has collaborated with the Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh at the University of Sheffield for the Festival of the Mind, Sept 2018, to create a live performance to tell the story of colonial childhoods in Ghana.

Live performances are where Kweku particularly excels – in both vocal delivery and in energy and style. Shows at Glastonbury, Shambala, Kendal Calling in the UK and across Europe are testimony to the infectious musical vibe that is created every time he takes the stage.

Kweku will be joining us as we return to Site Gallery, Sheffield’s international contemporary art space, specialising in moving image, new media and performance.

‘Exhibitions at Site are always thought-provoking and immersive, often fun and interactive, and they tend to keep us coming back time and again throughout their run. Its talks and events are a great way of getting even more stuck into the ideas explored by each exhibition, while its annual residency season offers the rare chance to nosey in on contemporary art in the making.’ – Our Favourite Places

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