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Ogopa Djs

Ogopa Deejays
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Founded 1990s
Founder Francis and Lucas Bikedo
Genre various
Country of origin Kenya
Official website Ogopa Deejays Official Website

Ogopa Deejays are a Kenyan music production team and record label formed in the late 1990s which gained regional fame and popularity due to standards of their production work.

Background

They started out producing hit songs for artists such as Bebe Cool, Chameleone and Redsan. They are widely acclaimed to have helped boost the Kenyan urban music scene from obscurity. They are also credited with creating the Boomba (sometimes referred to as Kapuka) style of Kenyan music which is modern hip hop and dancehall influenced by African drums and rhythms. They later formed Ogopa Productions which apart from music production also organizes events.

They have released three compilation albums and several albums by their artists. Their first album was released in 2001 and was a widely popular in East Africa. It also introduced fans to the talent of the late E-Sir and K-Rupt. They are famous for their logo of a red face screaming. A music producer from Virginia, USA, gave the group a chance to showcase their musical talent in 2003. Ticket's sold out about 3 hours, which is record time for this group. Ultimately the show was a huge success and the group plans to start a world tour in 2013. People behind Ogopa DJ's are brothers Francis and Lucas Bikedo, and manager Banda. They rarely show their faces in public and do not agree to have their photos taken or published by Kenyan media.

Their studios are located in South B estate of Nairobi. They have also started a sister label operating in Namibia and South Africa, known as Ogopa Butterfly.[1] They have produced for Namibian, Windhoek based girl duo, Gal Level, and Kenyan-Namibian musician Faizel MC.

List of Ogopa DJ's artists

List of artists who have been signed to Ogopa DJ's at least some part of their career (artists who have occasionally recorded with Ogopa are excluded)

See also

References

External links

  • Ogopa Deejays Official Website
  • Ogopa Butterfly
  • Interview with DJ Edu A BBC interview with DJ Edu on the Kenyan music scene.
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