Dave Okumu

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Dave Okumu
Birth nameDavid Jairus Ochieng Okumu
Born (1976-10-12) 12 October 1976 (age 43)
Vienna, Austria
GenresAlternative rock, electronica, indie pop, trip hop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active2000s–present
LabelsNinja Tune, Universal
Associated actsThe Invisible, Jessie Ware, Anna Calvi

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]

Okumu grew up in Vienna, surrounded by music enthusiasts. He relocated with his family to the UK when he was 10.[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 Robert Miles,[6] Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Rosie Lowe, 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]

Okumu began working with Jessie Ware in 2010 where he co-wrote and produced Ware's debut album Devotion, which was later nominated for Album of the Year (2012) by the Mercury Prize.[7]


  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 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Mercury Prize 2009". BBC. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  5. ^ "The Invisible hailed by iTunes as Album of the Year". Accidental Records. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Th1rt3en - Robert Miles ¦ Credits". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Jessie Ware". Mercury Prize. Retrieved 22 April 2013.