Omar Musa – solo artist from Queanbeyan, based in Canberra. First release in 2015. Played with Dead Prez, Pharoahe Monch, Gil Scott-Heron, Horrorshow, Thundamentals and Daniel Merriweather.
Omar Musa is a renowned rapper, poet and author. His politically-charged lyrics confront the dark realities of Australian culture, drawing on his experience as a Malaysian-Australian man from Queanbeyan in regional ACT. His music empowers voices on the fringes and has the same urgency and ferocity as his critically-acclaimed writing. Musa’s debut novel Here Come the Dogs was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2015 and received glowing reviews. Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, called the novel “stunning” and said that with “such swaggering exuberance . . . it will make most other fiction you read this year seem criminally dull.” His impressive list of achievements as a writer and poet include being named one of the SMH’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015, receiving a standing ovation for his Performance at TEDx, appearing and performing an ABC TV’s Q&A, and winning the Australian Poetry Slam in 2008 and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam in 2009. Prior to Big Village, Musa released two solo albums and an album with international duo Moneykat. Omar Musa’s DEAD CENTRE EP was released on Big Village Records in August 2016, before he performed two national tours supporting hip hop heavyweights, L-Fresh the Lion and Horrowshow.
Masta Ace, Nas, Horrorshow
leftprojects, LTC, Luka Lesson, Sophie Lowe, Marksman Lloyd , Nooky, Birdz