OKA’s sound is an organic tapestry of phat earth rhythms in a smooth hi-fidelity sound that is full of uplifting melodies, tones and textures – a celebration of Australian cultures with a very present, powerful and uniting Indigenous cultural overtone running throughout the music.
When the raw rhythm of the didgeridoo combines with the OKA-style dance-driven grooves, the energy mustered from their fans is infectious, you can’t stand still. Try to imagine Bob Marley meeting Stevie Wonder via the Chemical Brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming forest, and you begin to get the picture.
They are joined by the high priestess of dance, Deya Dova. When she’s on stage the atmosphere shifts and tilts on end. Life erupts as this luminous high-energy dance happening explodes. Fusing an exotic mix of dance, world, electro and spine-tingling vocals, her sound is undeniably Tribal. Think the primal power of the Drummers of Burundi meet the refined sonics of Trentemoller, mashed with a twist of Bjork and the radical vocal layering of someone refreshingly unique.
Saturday at the Byron Brewery Buddha Bar.