OKA will return to WA this May to perform four shows launching their newest album, ‘The Sunset Sessions’.
They'll be bringing their signature, feel-good Australian earth sound drawn upon their Indigenous connection to place and country.
The band consists of Stu Boga Fergie (aka DidgeriSTU) who connects you to earth with the deep-earth sounds of his Yaki (didgeridoo); he's also the 'big man' behind the electronic beats, keys and vocals inspired by his Indigenous heritage.
With the captivating melody of Chris Lane on sax, flute and woodwinds, and Julian Bel-bachir’s raw, organic beats of deep, tribal fire marinated in his African roots, we recently chatted to Stu, who gave us an insight in to what fans can expect this year from the lads. “It is pretty much just the next progression of OKA.
“Our music is very influenced by our travels with our latest travelling through Europe, and back home especially around regional Australia in the Aboriginal communities. It really inspired the feel of the album. That’s why we called it 'The Sunset Sessions'.”
This marks the lads ninth album, which showcases a mix of influences spanning house, big beat and conscious roots to reggae-dub, jazz and world music. “Our music is really a big part of our upbringing.
"It is an expression of who we are, so for myself that is really my heritage; just growing up was a massive inspiration.”
The album features the Jamaican reggae wordsmith The MSG (Motivating Sound Generator), a writer, recording artist, educator and recognised leader in the world of dub performance. “We have been working with him over the last year. We met over in Bali. We have been cultivating tunes and writing together, so it will be good to be able to get that out on tour.”
When asked what fans can expect during the shows, Stu says there'll be new tunes and the support act will be Michael St George, who not only will open the show but will also collaborate with the OKA lads on stage.
Fans can also look forward to many surprises throughout the year from the lads including another album, which OKA are working on now with many collaborations that Stu is keeping tight lipped. However, Stu knows fans will enjoy the new collabs.
Not only will there be a tenth album out during the year, but the lads also have their annual OKA Campout event where they encourage fans to remove themselves from all electronic devices to simply enjoy the music and atmosphere.
'The Sunset Sessions' is released 21 May.
OKA Tour Dates
Thu 24 May - Mojos Bar (Fremantle) Fri 25 May - Settlers Tavern (Margaret River) Sat 26 May - Indi Bar (Perth) Sun 27 May - The Railway Hotel (Fremantle)