Get A Taste of Genesis Owusu’s Afrofuturism on “Sideways”

The Australian/Ghanian musician's latest song is inspired by Pidgin English and William Onyeabor.
September 1, 2017, 3:19am

Genesis Owusu was raised in the Australian capital Canberra, a place known more for cold mornings and dull politicians than it is vibrant and idiosyncratic hip-hop.

But today, the 19-year-old Australian/Ghanian musician releases "Sideways", a track produced by Hiatus Kaiyote's Simon Mavin and Perrin Moss. Following on from Owusus's, Cardrive, the jazz influenced EP he released earlier this year, the young performer says the new track is inspired by his African heritage and the music of Nigerian performer William Onyeabor.

"I started singing what would become the chorus of the song, which was reminiscent of Pidgin English, which is essentially a grammatically simplified version of English used a lot in Africa. The phrase "Onyame gye me, gye me, O" is a Twi (Ghanaian language) phrase that translates to 'O God, save me, save me, oh'", explains Owusu.

Listen to the track below.

'Sideways' is available now through Spotify and iTunes.