Piping-hot on the heels of his quadruple-trophy ARIAs run, Genesis Owusu has blitzed through some very tough competition to win the prestigious Australian Music Prize.
As he accepted the $30,000 prize (thanks to SoundMerch), the Ghana-born and Canberra-residing singer-songwriter took a moment to say, “I’m so grateful – having an institution like that that’s so willing to put money back into the arts… thank you all.”
If you haven’t already heard the man’s chaotic-brilliant album Smiling with No Teeth, it’s time to rectify that! Here’s what we had to say about the decorated LP upon its release in March 2021:
“Across a double album’s worth of multi-genre-spanning tracks, Genesis Owusu transmogrifies himself through cutting edge personas so fully you’d swear he invented them. More like: when someone swims deeply through the last decade’s most innovative records, Genesis Owusu is who coalesces. Growing up in a post The Money Store/Yeezus world, Owusu embodies snarling political rap between avant-funk takes. He goes all Pharrell falsetto and then turns in retro-rock with a feature from guitarist Kirin J Callinan. Tying them together with a bold creative direction and executed with record-racking collaborators in their own right (Euphoria’s Andrew Klippel, fellow Callinan collaber Julian Sudek, and Touch Sensitive), Smiling with No Teeth is a must-listen.” (Jake Cleland)
Huge congrats to Owusu on his mega-well-deserved win!
Smiling with No Teeth by Genesis Owusu is out now via Ourness.
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