It’s a packed day of news for Genesis Owusu fans.
The award-winning Ghanian-Australian artist has unveiled his hugely-anticipated sophomore album, STRUGGLER, which is set for release on August 18th.
Expectation is rightly high for the record: Owusu released one of the strongest debuts in recent memory when Smiling With No Teeth dropped in 2021, earning four ARIA Awards in the process.
As for its follow-up, STRUGGLER is described as being “an imminent exploration of the chaos and absurdity of life.”
“The STRUGGLER runs through an absurd world with no ‘where’ or ‘why’ at hand. Just an instinctual inner rhythm, yelling at them to survive the pestilence and lightning bolts from above. A roach just keeps roaching,” Owusu cryptically says. That’s how you sell an album.
To increase fans’ appetite for STRUGGLER, Owusu today shared its leading single, “Leaving the Light”. The track is a ferocious ode to survival and perseverance, instantly setting an urgent tone for the full album.
To celebrate his album release, Owusu will end 2023 with a huge run of headline shows around Australia, beginning in Perth on December 1st and concluding in Adelaide on December 16th (see full dates below). He’ll be joined at all shows (excluding Perth) by special guests EARTHGANG, the Grammy-nominated Atlantan hip hop duo.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 19th at 10am AEST, with the pre-sale beginning today at 10am AEST. Owusu will also tour the US and Europe in support of STRUGGLER.
Genesis Owusu’s “Leaving the Light” is out now. Struggler is out August 18th via Ourness/AWAL.
Genesis Owusu 2023 Australian Tour
With special guests EARTHGANG*
Tickets via genesisowusu.com/tour
Ice Cream Factory, Perth, WA
Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide, SA
*excluding Perth show