The past few years I’ve really dig deep into discovering who I really am, diving into studying my ancestors and my culture. One of the many things I found interesting is their love of the earth, and the spiritual universe that surrounds us. In this journey I discovered Oshun, an orisha, a spirit, a deity, or a goddess that reflects one of the manifestations of the Yorùbá Supreme Being in the Ifá oral literature and Yoruba-based religions. She is one of the most popular and venerated orishas. Oshun is an important river deity among the Yorùbá people, divine feminine, fertility, beauty and love. Embracing this side of myself I honored who she was and still remains revered in my culture. So it comes to no surprise to me, years later I discover the neo-soul and hip hop duo OSHUN; whose name derives from the deity herself. They formed the group after graduating from NYU, stating they felt moved to by ancient goddess’ energy and decided to dedicate their collective musical project to her and the ancestral magic from which they draw inspiration.
OSHUN approaches their music with a distinctly Afrofuturist perspective, combining elements of African culture with sci-fi tropes to create a completely unique dimension for their music to inhabit. It’s as if Erykah Badu, Andre 3000 & Floetry had a set of twins; transmuted purity. Their debut album, bittersweet vol. 1, allows you to travel to their world of empowerment, spirituality and self love. The record bounces from bass-boosted battle cries to tender hymn-like ballads with Thandiwe and Niambi’s siren-like vocals make two voices become one.
I was so excited to snag a ticket for their sold out show, at the NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music center in Brooklyn. You could feel the love in the room, it was clearly a homecoming for the NYU alumni, to perform in the very place it all began. They showered us with blessings upon blessings, empowering each of us to love ourselves and be more kind to ourselves. It was such a feeling of unity and chill vibes, I left feeling so grounded. I’m so excited to see how they continue to change the music industry with their soulful tones. If you get a chance you gotta check them out live! Head over to their page for future tour dates: https://oshuniverse.com