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Oddisee & Good Compny New Zealand Shows Announced

Oddisee & Good Compny New Zealand Shows Announced

Monday 24th September, 2018 12:35PM

The oncoming summer is getting hotter by the minute, as Washington hip hop artist Oddisee aka Amir Elkhalifa is returning to Aotearoa for four shows in December. The critically acclaimed and prolific artist has nearly a dozen studio albums under his belt and is playing selected dates with his live crew Good Compny, along with two solo shows. Last here back in 2015, Oddisee once collaborated with our very own Estère on a track as part of the Red Bull Prodigy Project, he'll be joined for shows in Auckland and Wellington by Berlin-based singer and producer Oliver St. Louis, and local rhyme-slinger Melodownz. Here are the details...

Oddisee & Good Compny Live

Thursday 6th December - Queenstown, Yonder (Oddisee solo)
Friday 7th December - Auckland, Powerstation w/ Oliver St. Louis and Melodownz (all-ages)
Saturday 8th December - Wellington, San Fran w/ Oliver St. Louis and Melodownz
Sunday 9th December - Hawkes Bay, Black Barn Bistro (Oddisee solo, all-ages)

Here's the animated clip for 'You Grew Up' from 2017's The Iceberg...

Watch Oddisee run through 'That's Love', 'Contradiction's Maze' and 'Belong To The World' for a stripped back NPR Tiny Desk Concert...

Press release:

This December, critically-acclaimed Sudanese-American artist Oddisee (Amir Mohamed) returns to New Zealand with his band Good Compny, with tour support from American singer/songwriter Olivier St. Louis and New Zealand’s very own hip hop lyricist Melodownz. Since the release of his album The Iceberg in 2017, Oddisee and Good Compny have played over 150 shows worldwide, scoring rave reviews along the way.

Oddisee and Good Compny’s live show speaks to the underlying politics of everyday life, especially for the marginalised, tackling issues such as social inequality, racial divides, and the realities and implications of police brutality, all filtered through Oddisee’s speaker-knocking hip- hop and soul aesthetics. They’ll be bringing this to the stage in Auckland and Wellington, bookended by MC/DJ sets in Queenstown and Havelock North.

A repeat visitor to New Zealand, over the years Oddisee has built strong relationships within our local music, coffee, hospitality, and fashion industries. Having sold-out his last tour here in 2015, and released four well-loved projects since then, Alwasta, The Odd Tape, The Iceberg and Beneath the Surface, his return to our shores looks set to be his biggest New Zealand shows ever.

"A focused beam of live-band and hip-hop soul that rattles loudly in our present political moment." – Pitchfork

“A shrewd lyricist and observer, Oddisee has always been steadfast in his quest to expose uncomfortable truths.” – NPR Music

“The DC rapper is underrated in every sense of the word and has been one of the most consistent cats to put it down, year in and year out.” – Complex


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