OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube (youtube.com/oshun), Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook (facebook.com/oshuniverse) alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Paper Magazine, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They've also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college and live on their own, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for additional releases of their album series “bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals, worldwide tour of the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.
DOPE SAINT JUDE
Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius was born in Cape Town South Africa. She studied Politics at the University of Cape Town. In 2011 she started South Africa's first documented drag king troupe, performing as Saint Dude.
In 2013, having learnt about performance through drag, she left the group to learn sound production and begin a career as Dope Saint Jude.
In the span of less than 2 years, Saint Jude has rapidly gained international popularity for her ability to speak to various audiences through the Medium of hip-hop. Drag King, producer, rapper, hard to put Dope Saint Jude in a genre. With "Resilient" , the native of Cape Town and spokesperson of the queer movement offers us a raw rap and a prod bass music with grunge influences which she has the secret to. She looks to artists like Tupac and Riot Grrrl for inspiration, but also lists disparate influences — such as Queen a nd Tracy Chapman— as being foundational to her music education. The young artist has long imagined an alternative music that would represent the marginalized groups in South Africa. Concert after concert, the inexhaustible Dope Saint Jude ignites audiences with her troupe.