Photo by Bec Parsons



Enshrined within an unstoppable break-out year of accolades, including multiple sell-out tours, a U.S. late-night television debut and a recent run of dates across the U.S. and Europe, Genesis Owusu makes his returning statement and stellar follow-up with new single and video, “GTFO,” out now via OURNESS/AWAL.

On “GTFO,” a lullaby-like choir warbles on loop like a fantasy film’s opening credits, mysterious and cinematically thrilling, before Owusu unlocks his first verse atop its eerie echo. An unmistakable warmth and spoken word lead the track to a bridge and chorus, its analog instrumentation co-written by Genesis and a smaller version of his recording band including Michael DiFrancesco (Touch Sensitive)Jono Ma and OURNESS label founder, Andrew Klippel. Produced by Andrew KlippelDann Hume and Jono Ma, and mixed by Spike Stent, the accompaniment shifts with the band leader’s groove, as Owusu yells “get the f*ck out” over a marching beat and a crash of cymbals, kept in razor-sharp time. With “GTFO,” Genesis Owusu invites us once more to the listening party of his innermost thoughts, in which he simultaneously shares his compelling story and unreservedly expresses his truest opinions. 

The “GTFO” single comes accompanied by a music video directed by Rhett Wade-Ferrell aka Uncle Friendly. The clip opens to Owusu kneeling in prayer before a candle-lit shrine as he recites the song’s opening lines. After an escaped cockroach breaks his attention, the remainder of the video sees Owusu driven insane as he hunts down the insect, wreaking havoc on the house in the process. 

The Ghanaian-Australian artist is an exponentially rising talent, defying genre and style to keep the limelight burning following the release of his debut album, the acclaimed, award-winning Smiling With No Teeth in March 2021. In addition to the new single, Owusu will return to North America this summer and fall with festival performances at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal, This Ain’t No Picnic in Southern California and Austin City Limits in Austin. He will also be supporting Glass Animals on a few North American dates around his Lollapalooza performance and then Khruangbin in the fall, before returning to Australia to support Tame Impala on their Australian headline tour through October. 

Owusu’s profound artistic revolution and soul-bearing diversity has seen his debut album, Smiling With No Teeth ushered in as one of Australia’s greatest new albums. The album secured triple j’s Album of the Year and four ARIA Awards including “Album of the Year,” and global acclaim from tastemakers and critics alike including i-DLos Angeles Times, MTV, NPR Music, OkayPlayer, PAPER Magazine, Pitchfork, SPIN, Teen Vogue, The FADER, The Needle Drop and much more. Owusu additionally saw his album track, “Gold Chains” included in President Obama’s Favorite Music of 2021 and he performed the track on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in early 2022.