Released in early March, NME called his debut album “a transcendent conceptual opus”. The record tackles significant topics like race and identity, coupling Owusu’s impressive lyricism with boundary pushing avant-funk. In a four-star review, NME said: “Owusu has delivered a riveting album that underscores the power of self-knowledge, perspective and art – one that should be cranked loud.”
Here, in a stripped-back space, and riffing off companion Kirin J Callinan – who brandishes a fierce acoustic guitar and cowboy hat combination – Owusu gives a soulful and attitude-driven performance.
You can watch Genesis Owusu’s full performance of ‘Don’t Need You’ and ‘Drown’ for NME Home Sessions above.
For more NME Home Sessions, you can check out multi-instrumentalist Ela Minus, Charlatan’s Tim Burgess special session not quite from home, Chloe Moriondo joining us from her bedroom and a performance from the Shed Leopard Studios by Kara Marni.
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