Immanuel Kwabena Dreessens-Owusu (Oh-woo-sue) is on a journey to find meaning as a multi-instrumental, mixed-race, semi-bogan, old soul/man-child. Previously performing at the festival as the drummer for indigenous powerhouse Yirrmal and for coastal rockers Children Of The Sun, this time he’s bringing his heavy African Psychedelic Rock quartet to Queenscliff.
Hailing from Torquay, Immanuel grew up living and learning in two worlds; the Australian coastal rock scene and the West African Hi-Life culture of his Ghanaian roots. His Caucasian friends consider him quite ‘ethnic,’ his African family thinks he’s far too ‘bogan’ and his music reflects the melting pot of all the pieces that put him together. Wishing to explore the origins of Rhythm, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll, in 2016 he travelled back to Ghana to study under his grandfather, Koo Nimo, a highly renowned Ghanaian Hi-Life musician. Delving into the Afro styles of Dagomba and Palm Wine Hi-Life, he returned to Australia with an electric brand of Afro-Rock Fusion.
Attempting to combat the siloing of non-Western music into ‘World Music’ Immanuel masks a deep philosophical lyrical journey of knowledge systems and disenfranchised youth, or immature songs about how much he loves eating meat (increasingly unpopular) and obscure Simpsons references (also increasingly unpopular) behind an actioned packed, high energy, dance-fest live performance.
“Immy Owusu’s Narcissitically Self-Titled and Debut EP” was released in August 2017 and his debut single, the heavy Afro-Psych fuelled “Danger!!!” was premiered on Triple j's 'Roots 'n' All' program and at Port Fairy Folk Festival in March 2019.
”How Owusu’s mind works is both ridiculous and deep.” - Nkechi Anele, Triple J Roots ‘n’ All
“Guaranteed to be one of the most unique and individual local sounds you’ve heard.” - Forte Magazine
“Their enthusiasm is infectious and they truly entertained our wonderful and diverse audience.” - Port Fairy Folk Festival