Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Popcaan, J Hus, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy


Influences

Kid Cudi, Sean Paul , Mr Eazi, Popcaan, R2Bees


Unearthed artists we like

SK Simeon


Website

Bio

Yaw Faso’s upbringing was brimmed with an abundance of creative influences. With two creatively inclined and expressive parents, Yaw was encouraged to participate and pursue his creative hobbies and endeavours. Growing up his mother listened to an array of music from around the world and his father, originally from Ghana, brought his love for music with him to Australia and was a drummer and percussionist in some of Australia’s first African and reggae bands, who introduced never before heard sounds in Australia, they showcased the rich sounds of Highlife, Afrobeat, Soukous, Calypso and Reggae.

Yaw’s heritage and early exposure to African and Caribbean music, was the foundation to his current sonic flavour. Yaw is known for seamlessly moulding together elements of Pop, Hip-Hop and Bile Funk. The concoction of these influences are hemmed with strong Afro and Caribbean undertones which are embedded into his trademark flow. While creating sounds that are of an inspired nature from boarders beyond Australia, these sounds are very much becoming more and more native to today’s current, eclectic and evolving Australian culture. Yaw’s versatility has allowed him to explore vocally and rhythmically, which has seen him develop a unique style.

His unique versatility has seen him collaborate with an array of local and international artists and producers, namely; MC Jessi (Brazil), Machinedrum (USA), MC Luki (Brazil), Dun D (UK), Kilter (AUS) and JessB (NZ).

Yaw is currently working with his producer and regular collaborator, Jyayo, on a Funk project, which features Brazil's MC IG and producer Djay W

A powerful live presence has seen Yaw grace the stage at various Festivals and events, notably; Let Them Eat Cake (with Machinedrum), I Love Dancehall and Strawberry fields, including support slots for a range of local and international names such as Kranium, Nasty C, Konshens, Eddy Kenzo, Jose Chameleone, Big Zeeks, Baker Boy and JessB.

Yaw Faso has been featured on various radio platforms and in 2018 and 2019, he was an honorary nominee for the Best Reggae and Dancehall Act as part of the Music Victoria Awards.

2019 saw the release of his hit single ‘Buckle Up’, which was featured on Spotify’s Afrocentric playlist, Urban Flavour playlist, and New Music AU & NZ playlist. Having caught the attention of tastemakers across the globe, there seems to be no signs of slowing down, as Yaw Faso looks to create versatile and boundary breaking projects in the coming years.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

19 Aug 2020

Triple J
40

Loved 'Assurance' from him with that upbeat flavour but damn, Yaw went dummy hard on this beat! Big moves from this man in 2020.

Loved 'Assurance' from him with that upbeat flavour but damn, Yaw went dummy hard on this beat! Big moves from this man in 2020.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

16 Oct 2019

Triple J
35

somebody get me a cocktail please!

somebody get me a cocktail please!

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

11 Oct 2019

Triple J
35

Well and truly a vibe. So sick hearing that international dancehall flavour coming through locally.

Well and truly a vibe. So sick hearing that international dancehall flavour coming through locally.