Started in Year
Ghanaian-Australian Genesis Owusu is a hot name on the Canberra hip-hop scene and started when he was 18 years old.
With the release of his Cardrive EP in mid 2017, followed by the single “Sideways,” and a growing list of festival appearances, he’s rapidly becoming a national phenomenon. Aside from his music, Owusu dabbles in modeling and fashion design. In collaboration with a few of his nearest and dearest, he launched the Canberra fashion label Pur.
I caught up with Owusu in the Australian capital, his hometown, after seeing him dazzle the audience at a local concert last month. Off-stage, Owusu is soft-spoken and discerning with a tinge of cheekiness—a stark contrast to his high-energy stage performance.
Black Hippy, Mos Def, Pro Era, Earl Sweatshirt, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Common, MF DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan, Frank Ocean, Gorillaz, J. Cole, Miracle, Jay Electronia, Jimi Hendrix, RHCP, John Legend, Nirvana, Biggie, Omen, Tribe, The Weeknd.
Born Kofi Ansah, Genesis Owusu is a tenant of contemporary sounds with historical consciousness. Melding together his Ghanian heritage, with his Canberra upbringing, Genesis creates music with a global perspective. His powerful 2018 single, Awoman, Amen samples a speech given by activist Sojourner Truth in 1851, titled Ain’t I A Women? "Awomen, Amen is not a love song,” Genesis told Mixmag last year. “It is an ode to the female in all of her grace, elegance, nastiness, power, rebellion, boldness and ferocity.” Collaborating with Simon Marvin and Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kaiyote and Callum Connor of The Free Nationals, Genesis has perfected turning his sunny Australian hip-hop into a fusion wiht neo-soul that is breathtakingly profound.
The Ansah Brothers
Canberra ACT, Australia