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Ochi: ARTIST INFO

Ochi - Producer/Performer

 

Ochi began her successful, solo music career in 2005 after leaving an all female West African Drum Troupe.  Her first album, "Sleepless" created a thirst amongst her fans wanted more.  Not happy with the production of Sleepless she had the album re-engineered professionally and released it under a new title and began a multi-state tour.  
Her second album entitled Just Ochi was released in 2006.  It contained severed of the songs from Sleepless and several new tracks.  It was immediately a hit amongst gay and lesbian audiences.  Heralded as bold, daring and funk-a-lious her fan ate it up.  She performed in Gay Pride celebrations, lesbian music festivals and various lesbian events.  
Ochi left the stage in 2007 to raise her family.  Sacrificing her career and the momentum of her Just Ochi album she relocated to Texas and lived in relative seclusion until the release of her latest album, "Bare Essence."  She released 2 music videos one for a single not officially released, "Missing You," and "I Pledge Allegiance."  A window into her soul Bare Essence is raw, gritty, political and as always funk-a-licous. 
Deciding the music scene is changing Ochi has decided to release her track as singles.  Once she receives her Masters in History from Texas Southern University her plans are to pursue her musical career, acting and documentary making full time.  
Ochi is a multi-talented artist who spreads messages of love, hope and resistance through music, photographs and video.  Ochi has been dubbed the "Edu-tainer," because she combines her passion for teaching with her joy of performing.  Using humor, her academic background and life experiences she delivers messages long unheard, reminding the listener that the "struggle" is not over. A pacifist by nature and a fighter by force, Ochi is  a bright spot in a world of music gone bad. 

Ochi began her successful, solo music career in 2005 after leaving an all female West African Drum Troupe.  Her first album, "Sleepless" created a thirst amongst her growing fans and they wanted more.  Not happy with the production of Sleepless she decided to resurrect the project a year later.   

Her second album entitled Just Ochi was released in 2006. It contained several of the songs from the "Sleepless" album along with a few new tracks.  It was immediately a hit amongst gay and lesbian audiences.  Heralded as bold, daring and funk-a-lious her fans ate it up.  She performed in Gay Pride celebrations, lesbian music festivals and various lesbian events in her first solo multi-state tour.  

Ochi left the stage in 2007 to raise her family.  Sacrificing her career and the momentum of her Just Ochi album she relocated to Texas and lived in relative seclusion until the release of her latest album, "Bare Essence."  She released 2 music videos one for a single not officially released, "Missing You," and "I Pledge Allegiance."  A window into her soul Bare Essence is raw, gritty, political and as always funk-a-licous. 

The music industry changes on a daily basis and Indy artist know that in order to remain relevant they must be able to ride the tide or be swept under the current.  To meet the changing demands Ochi has begun releasing more singles than full length albums. 

Ochi is a multi-talented artist who spreads messages of love, hope and resistance through music, photography and documentaries.  Ochi has been dubbed the "Edu-tainer," because she combines her passion for teaching with her joy of performing.  Using humor, her academic background and life experiences she delivers messages long unheard, reminding the listener that the "struggle" is not over. A pacifist by nature and a fighter by force, Ochi is a bright spot in a world of music gone bad. 

Gatekeeper Productions - Producer

Gatekeeper Productions has been compared to an unplanned pregnancy.  It was not what was set out to create but not that it is here, what a blessing.  Borne out of frustration Gatekeepers goal is to become the most memorable, impactful independent LGBT music production in the world.  Formulated and developed by Ochi in February 2005, her desire is to meet the needs of same gender loving community. Gatekeeper Productions was created to be the 1st of it's kind, female owned, and operated major independent label. Gatekeeper specializes in:

  • Wimin centered music. 
  • Resistance music.   

Gatekeeper's goal is to encourage, educate, and emancipate all oppressed people and especially same gender loving people through music. If one person is able to hear our music and become politically aware, socially conscious, morally empowered, and physically able to take their life in hand shaking off the bands of oppression, we will have met our objective. 

Ochi - The Full Story

An activist, lyricist, and cultural advocate, Ochi began her solo career at the age of 6 singing gospel.    Her style is a combination of southern roots with original African flavor; a little bit of gospel, a dash of R & B, a pinch of blues, a teaspoon of country, then a toe and you have a melodious hodgepodge of music.  She jokes that she was born “out,” yet she was kept from being herself until she graduated high school and moved on her own.  Her grandmother taught her that,  “you were not put on this earth to be mistreated by anyone” and if people don’t like, or respect you turn around, dust your feet and don’t look back.   That’s Ochi’s music, bold, unapologetic and in your face. 

In 2007 Ochi disappeared off the radar but not off the scene.  She’s been busy making various documentaries where her music has been featured as the soundtrack. She needed to refocus and prioritize her life.  It’s 2012 and Ochi is back with a newly released album, “Bare Essence.” She’s got a new attitude, more grit, and plenty of savvy.  The first track on her new CD is, “I Pledge Allegiance,” and it’s taking fans by storm and she’s just getting started.  With Bare Essence it’s evident that Ochi is here to stay.

In 1998 Ochi began performing and traveling with the Irepo Afrikan Dancers & Drummers, a nationally known, traditional Nigerian troupe and within 2 years became their lead drummer.  In 2000 she formed a drum troupe of family & friends called, “Junkyard Drummers,named after Fat Albert’s band.  Later that same year she joined Jambalaya, a women’s Afrikan Drum Ensemble.   In 2004 while teaching elementary school she formed, “The Watoto Afrikan Dancers & Drummers for children ages 2 – 14 years of age and served as director, choreographer, and lead drummer.   She has shared the stage with Fatu “Lady Drummer, Afia Walkingtree, Baba Olatunde Joda of Baba Joda & Friends, Denver School of the Arts, The African American Leadership Institute, The Institute of Global Scholarship, The Denver Black Arts Festival, The Denver Pan African Film Festival, The Denver Kwanzaa Committee, Drums of Thunder, and many others.  She has also worked with artist like G1 of New Ground Collabo and her music is part of the Lovers and Friends Show soundtrack, available at Blockbuster and online. 

By 2005 Ochi began feverishly writing songs, creating beats, learning about the recording industry and released her first album entitled, “Sleepless,” months later she released her first single, “Hand Technique,” and by 2006 she released, “Just Ochi.”  She likes what she likes, and audiences will like Ochi.