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Otis Mensah

Otis uses his voice in the same way that Ornette Coleman uses a Saxophone, in that there is rhythm and melody present, but it is so sporadic as his ability to flip flows and alter cadences runs parallel to the dismantling nature of Free Jazz—Exposed Magazine.

Otis Mensah is a musician and performing artist with an alternative take on Hip-Hop music and abstract poetry. Otis’ work aims to demonstrate the personal and political power of vulnerable expression taking influence from the rhythmic and expressive freedom of Jazz to navigate themes of identity, existence and coming-of-age. Since debuts at Glastonbury, We Out Here and Shambala Festival, Otis has toured with the likes of Blu & Exile, KOTA the Friend and shared stages with Little Simz, Benjamin Zephaniah, Killah Priest and Open Mike Eagle.

Otis Mensah is arguably the most productive rap-poet working under lockdown right now. Otis’ sound is a distinct one, with an unbridled stream of consciousness over low-pressure beats; he describes it as a sub-genre of alternative hip hop, namely: “Art-Rap”—Wordplay Magazine.