Dave Okumu

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Dave Okumu
Born Vienna, Austria
Origin Austria and United Kingdom
Occupations Record producer
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, computers, vocals
Years active 2000s–present
Labels Ninja Tune, Universal
Associated acts The Invisible, Jessie Ware, Anna Calvi
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster Guitar

David Jairus Ochieng Okumu[1], born 12 October 1976 in Vienna, Austria[2] is the singer and guitarist best known for fronting the critically acclaimed band The Invisible.[3] Their debut album, released in March 2009, was nominated for a Mercury Prize (2009)[4] and selected as ‘iTunes album of the year’.[5]

Dave grew up in Vienna, surrounded by music enthusiasts. He moved to the UK when he was 10 because his father, Professor Washington Okumu, placed himself in exile.[2] His love of music, which developed from a young age, has led him to become a songwriter, producer and performing musician. He has performed and recorded with many artists such as Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Jane Birkin, Sara Creative Partners, Brigitte Fontaine, Theo Parrish, Tony Allen, King Sunny Adé, Omar, Matthew Herbert, Dani Siciliano, Toddla T, Bilal, Jack De Johnette, and Anna Calvi.[3]

Dave began working with Jessie Ware in 2010 where he co-wrote and produced Jessie’s debut album ‘Devotion’, which was later recognised as Album of the Year (2012) by the Mercury Prize.[6]

Dave continues to work with a number of artists as a producer and writer, and is now settled in London where he has his own studio with friends Tom Herbert and Leo Taylor from their band The Invisible.


  1. ^ "Dave Okumu". Discogs. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Dave Okumu". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Dave Okumu". Universal Music Publishing. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Mercury Prize 2009". BBC. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  5. ^ "The Invisible hailed by iTunes as Album of the Year". Accidental Records. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Jessie Ware". Mercury Prize. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 

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