Kobi Onyame Versus The Artist
Artists: Bumi Thomas (England), Hakeem Adam (Ghana), Selorm Jay (Ghana), Ashanti Harris (Scotland), Ayo Akinwande (Nigeria), Sulaïman Majali (Scotland).
Exhibition open: 3 March – 1 April 2018, Thurs — Sun 12 — 5pm
Preview: 2 March 2018, 6pm — 9pm
The Gallow Gate at Many Studios, 3 Ross Street, Barras, Glasgow, G1 5AR.
Many Studios is working with Glasgow based, Ghanaian musician Kobi Onyame to produce a visual representation of his new release, Gold. The group exhibition is a collaboration between Kobi Onyame and 7 artists who will respond to 1-2 tracks from the album. The artists were selected through an open call and are based in Scotland, England, Ghana and Nigeria.
This album draws from Onyame's Ghanaian heritage, influenced by highlife music which he would hear his mum and dad play in his childhood. Onyame moved back to Ghana in 2005 and became fully immersed in the Ghanaian music scene and met many of the artists who he went on to work with on Gold.
This project explores the process of making music and the subsequent interconnectivity between art forms. The album presents a complex collection of reflections that consider globalisation, hope, identity, privilege, and post-colonialism. The artist is using this platform to further express the themes within his album with a wider range of tools and considering where music overlaps with literature, literature overlaps with dance and beyond. He will work with 7 artists, thinkers, writers, musicians, videographers, creating a dialogue that not only uses the album as a point of departure for discussion, but also the artists’ own identities and the ways in which collaboration can bolster, challenge and inspire one another.
This exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and Glasgow Connected Arts Network.
For full artists biographies please visit manystudios.co.uk/gold.
About Kobi Onyame:
UK-based, Ghanaian artist, Kobi Onyame has been creating music for over ten years, releasing his third album, Gold, in late 2017. His music is a melting pot of traditional hip-hop and Ghanaian rhythms such as highlife and hiplife, creating uplifting music that draws heavily on West African culture — both sonically and visually. Onyame is an award winning artist and has collaborated internationally with artists including M3nsa, Wanlov the Kubalor, whilst also supporting musical greats such as Kanye West, Nas, Wu Tang Clan and De La Soul. To buy, GOLD, head over to kobionyame.com.