Genesis Owusu

Australia, Ghana

The burning star that is Genesis Owusu burst onto the global stage upon release of his debut album, Smiling With No Teeth in March 2021. The album secured triple j’s Album of the Year and x4 ARIA award titles, including Album of the Year, Best Hip Hop Release, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art, alongside radio support from triple j and BBC Radio, and global acclaim from tastemakers and critics alike, including The Needle Drop, NME, Line of Best Fit, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone, The Australian, ICON and many more.

Owusu additionally saw his album track, "Gold Chains" included in President Obama's Favourite Music of 2021. Next, Owusu jetted overseas for his first ever international tours in the US, Europe and the UK, performances at Berlin’s Berghain, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, Lollapalooza, support slots for Thundercat, Khuranghbin, and Glass Animals, as well as making his U.S. late night television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Owusu closed out 2022 supporting Tame Impala and further festival appearances at Spilt Milk, Lost Paradise and Falls Festival. He resumed in 2023 with a two-city performance series, Red Bull Symphonic, which saw him perform to a sold out Sydney Opera House, a US tour support slot for Paramore and Bloc Party, including dates at Madison Square Garden, as well as Groovin the Moo festival back home.

Released to the world with rapturous effect earlier this year, STRUGGLER has already swept up Album of the Year, Best Independent Release and Best Hip Hop / Rap Release at the 2023 ARIA Awards, with Owusu dominating nominations. The record was spotlit as triple j’s Feature Album and saw Owusu take home the station’s 2023 J Award for Australian Live Act of the Year. Shortly after, Owusu launched into a 24 date tour of the United States, United Kingdom and Europe, including sold out shows at legendary venues Heaven (LDN), Paris’ Cafe De La Danse, and Berlin’s HOLE44, before bringing his acclaimed live show back to Australia in December.

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