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Meet Osaretin Obaseki a.k.a. OSA North

Today we’d like to introduce you to OSA North.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in the Uptown community of Chicago, Illinois in April 1995. After going from school to school, my parents decided to send me to Nigeria where I would later learn to appreciate life more and the value of where we come from. During elementary and high school (2006 – 2011), I stayed in Benin City Edo State. Whereas this was a culture shock for me, I eventually adapted to my new environment.

Coming back to the North Side in 2011, I felt free and happy to be back home. A year later, I recorded my first song with my younger brother, in his room and I was hooked from then on. The song was called “Intro” and it was over a 50 Cent instrumental. So, fast forward six years down the line and I am creating Afrobeat music on the North Side and talking to Voyage Chicago!

My information background includes an associate’s degree from Truman College. I am a student at Columbia College Chicago but have not been enrolled since 2017.

Please tell us about your art.
Whereas my only inspiration is God, I am motivated by everything around me. My art is very free form in nature, I like to encourage people to be themselves. This involves tapping into our natural source of divinity. I believe that at the moment humans are born into this world and we have not committed any crimes there’s a sense of divinity in new borns. I like to explore that energy and express my ideas through my music.

My music videos usually have a happy vibe to them because I believe in spreading the love – that’s the most important way we communicate. I hope my audience can learn the importance of spreading positive energy and affirming things we want in life.

Know that more music is coming soon!

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
This is such a great question. The role of artists has maintained relevance when there’s a crisis in the world. Artists generally speaking are not respected enough in 2018. Whereas I sacrifice my life’s work to spread a message to you that’s coming directly from the spirit, sometimes it is like I don’t matter until I sing a note or I rap a bar. We should be appreciated for more than our talents – like we actually have a message to spread.

It’s the same with more known artists, we need to appreciate them for their views on life. We see the world is changing and the risk involved with becoming an artist is even greater. Local, national and international views affect my art by motivating me to create more. When I see successful people on television I want to work harder and get out of my circumstances; when I see people struggling with neglect and life I also want to work harder to help them. Everything motivates me.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have one studio album out in stores called “(c) itsjustwater” and that was released in November 2016.

“Happy Life” is my EP that I released this year, in April and it is available on SoundCloud.

Please keep an eye out for my afrobeat tape “Ginja” now available on every streaming platform.

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Image Credit:
Keeley Parenteau, Hassan Atoro

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