OGYA World Music Band debut was held in June 2006 at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Comments heard were “inspiring … great energy … I couldn’t stop smiling … makes me feel so happy … can’t help but to move … I’ve never danced like that before … ” – very befitting to this world music band since OGYA means “FIRE”!
Since inception, OGYA has opened for LadySmith Black Mbazo, Reuben Studdard, Dirty Dozen, and performed at major festivals in the southeast for the past four years (such as Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN and LEAF in Lake Eden, NC). The band is gaining exposure as a “favorite” for nightclubs and private functions in eastern Tennessee, Panama City Beach, FL; New Orleans, LA; and Atlanta, GA.
OGYA is truly unique in that it provides a wide array of music genres, for any venue, with any number of its members. For the most part, the band stays within 8 members, but has been known to have as many as 15 musicians and costumed dancers on stage.
Its repertoire includes High Life music from Ghana and other traditional and contemporary African music, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Latin, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Rock&Roll, Blues and even some Bluegrass, all with a heavy infusion of founder Kofi Mawuko’s afrobeats on his traditional African drums.
OGYA creates a new sound through unique styling of original compositions and renditions of cover tunes. Lyrics are family-appropriate and enjoyable to all ages. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this band is warming the hearts of people in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida giving credence to the meaning of Ogya – FIRE!