Country Ghana Switzerland Genres spoken word urban Website www.oy-music.com Festival Sauti za Busara 2014 Recordings
KOKOKYINAKA (2013), FIRST BOX THEN WALK (2010)
OY, initially a solo act, has become a duo made up of Joy Frempong (voc, electr.) and Lleluja-Ha (dr, arr, prod). Joy Frempong, the half Ghanaian and half Swiss multi versed vocalist is definitely one of a rare breed - at home in the left-of-center sound but gifted with a penchant for writing sticky unforgettable melodies.
Three years after her vivacious debut First Box Then Walk, which effortlessly sold out the first pressing and commenced a demanding touring schedule, OY is back with another rich offering - a new LP cryptically entitled KOKOKYINAKA. The result is a genre bending, generously seasoned stew of African inflected Electronica, garnished with lavish, colorful stories and proverbs - the whole effort packaged into an infectious, melody driven concept record designed to play like a road trip juggernaut of a soundtrack.
Joy's voice remains mutable throughout, changing color palettes, textures, styles, and even accents with playful chameleon-like ease, not unlike the stories being told which segue between overheard dialogues, proverbs, and folk tales, often in one breath. The wildly vibrant sample base includes a parachute, fufu pounding, fireworks, and a shoe. Along with all of the animated stories it was mostly collected on trips to Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and during a residency in South Africa. The actual writing and the production for the record took place at studios located in Berlin under the guidance of talented drummer, producer, and co-writer Lleluja-Ha.
His textural drumming and feel for well fleshed out arrangements is present throughout. If anything, KOKOKYINAKA is a mature work which thoroughly exhibits Joy Frempong's versatility as composer, vocalist, and storyteller, but most of all it's a testament to OY's unique take on Electronica - mercurial, downright experimental, yet flushed with soulful melodies.With thanks to Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Algeria Angola Australia Austria Benin Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Comoros Congo Denmark DRC Egypt eSwatini Ethiopia Far East Finland France Gambia Germany Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Iraq Japan Kenya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Morocco Mozambique Namibia Netherlands Nigeria Norway Pan Africa Pemba Puerto Rico Reunion Rwanda Senegal Seychelles Somaliland South Africa Sudan Suriname Sweden Switzerland Tanzania Uganda UK USA Various Yemen Zambia Zanzibar Zimbabwe
acoustic acrobats afrobeat band blues bongo flava coastal comedy dance dj electro fusion hiphop jazz kidumbak pop reggae rock roots rumba spiritual spoken word taarab traditional urban zenji flava