Positive Soul Vibration - AUSTRALIA
"Ear to the ground, listen to our sound… a positive soul vibration" – DidgeriSTU
OKA is a celebration of Freedom, Beauty & Love. A celebration of all that it is to be alive and free in the world today, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country through music. Their signature sound is an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music. A rhythm based sonic tapestry crossing cultural boundaries, embracing the future without losing sight of the past.
Born from a relaxed street jam over 10 years ago, Oka continues to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage. Independently selling over 140,000 albums, they have shared the stage alongside inspirational acts Arrested Development, Finnley Quay, Xavier Rudd, Dehli to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots & A tribe called RED to name a few.
While sharing the bill with the likes of Kiss, Santana, Sting, Burning Spear, Yothu Yindi, Beats Antiques, Fat Freddys Drop and The Wailers. OKA have thrieved at festivals throughout Australia, Asia & Nth America including Montreal Jazz (CAN), Winnipeg Folk (CAN), Green Room Festival (JAP), Earthdance & Joshua Tree (CA), Bali Spirit (INDO) & Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent (AUS). In these arenas OKA has sent unsuspecting crowds into hypnotic frenzies, gaining them a strong reputation for their festival highlight standout performances.
At the creative heart of the music is Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU) who connects you to earth with the deep subsonic pulse and resonance of his Yidaki (didgeridoo). He is the big man behind the electronic beats, keys & vocals inspired by his aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander heritage. For the 2014 BaliSpirit Festival, Stu is coming with the Oka Collective, featuring the vocals of Swedish Reggae master Marcus Berg, who is also a collaborator on Oka's latest 7th studio Album 'Free Spirit'. The album also contains collaborations with North American indigenous artists like 'A tribe called RED' and 'George Leach'.
"Its exciting to bring the 'OKA Collective' on tour, it's gonna give people a real feel of what the 'Free Spirit' album is all about. Having Marcus come to Australia for the first time to tour with us will be a treat for all of us." – DidgeriSTU
Almost solely known through word of mouth, the un-conventional growth of these Aussie boys defies the norm. Relying on instinct, they have let their music and love for performing dictate direction to create a real time soundtrack, and an empowering vibe leaving listeners hungry for more.
For more information, please see: www.okamusic.com