Off the back of their recent performance at the Byron Bay Blues Festival, OKA an- nounce dates across NSW and WA to follow, late April through May.
Having returned from a massive year overseas last year with outstanding shows and rave reviews at Glastonbury (UK), Boom town festival (UK) and Ozora (Hun- gary) Oka are bringing their electric dreamtime roots back to local stages.
Embracing the future without losing sight of the past, OKA draws upon their in- digenous connection to place and country to create their signature feel good Aus- tralian earth sound, an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music. A mashup of dance and downtempo electro beats marinated in the mystic spiritual traditions of the Dreamtime.
“Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close”
After their involvement in the 2000 Sydney Olympics together, the OKA journey began the following year and they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage. Inde- pendently selling over 170,000 albums.
While sharing the the bill with the likes of Kiss, Santana, Sting, Burning Spear, Yothu Yindi, Beats Antiques, Fat Freddys Drop, Damian Marley and The Wailers, OKA have thrived at both Australian festivals and throughout the world. Sending unsuspecting crowds into hypnotic frenzies at the Sydney Opera House to Splen- dour In The Grass, Japan’s Green Room Festival to Kahala Aina in Hawaii and so many more, they’ve gained a strong reputation for their festival highlight standout performances.
The OKA Collective includes captivating melody on guitar, sax, flute and wood- winds woven through organic juju beats of deep tribal fire. A sound and force that connects with the soul, all led by OKA’s creative heart Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU). Connecting you to earth with the deep subsonic pulse and resonance of his Yidaki (didgeridoo), Stu is the big man behind the electronic beats, keys and vocals inspired by his aboriginal heritage.
‘The Grassy Knoll: Limited edition CD’ is the latest offering from the OKA collection inspired by their connection to the spirit of mother earth, community family and friends. It captures a collection moments of intimate jams around the fire and on ‘the Grassy Knoll’ over looking the ocean of their sunshine coast home in Australia. A sound of sunshine that echos living life in the positive.