Sona Maya Jobarteh
|Past members||Natasha Odlum
|Piano, Drum and Bass|
Ocacia is an international smooth jazz studio and performance group. Ocacia is known for their socially conscious lyrics. Ocacia also is a designer African fashion range based on music group's dress style.
The music is characterized by some as "escapist" in the usage of space, chords and ethnic overtones. The chord structure has an absences of "thirds" and is similar to other African Diaspora and African classical music by its “drum and bass” dominance. Not all the music fits into the smooth jazz canon, as some of it is more in the film score world.
Their first album was released in 1999. And have played venues like St Lucia Jazz Festival and Ronney Scotts, UK. The original members of the group were Owen 'Alik Shahadah (Piano/keyboards), Natasha Odlum-Shahadah (voice), David Hadley (Bass), Brian McCooke (drums). In 2002, Natasha Odlum left the group and Nadia Kanouche became the new lead feature vocalist. Ocacia works as a studio group composing soundtracks and is also known to work with other artists such as the late South African artist Pinky Dlaba, British kora player Sona Jobarteh and author/poet M.K. Asante, Jr.
The name Ocacia is an African name derived from acacia.
Selected track list
- If I...
- Tear for the World
- Crossing the Teneire
- Give me the day
- Come into the sunshine
- Absent Sun
|Other Side of the Moon||1999||Souljazzfunk|
|Music of the Diaspora||2006||Souljazzfunk|
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