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, Françoistunes, Kaiit, Zac Slater


Bio

Yaw Faso first stepped onto the scene back in 2010 dabbling in hip-hop before discovering his true calling in the world of Afrobeat and Dancehall music. However, he grew up with an abundance of musical influence from his roots with his parents being creatively inclined and expressive, with his mother listening to an array of music that included African sounds, while his father being a musician brought his love for music with him to Australia and was a drummer in some of Australia’s first African and reggae bands, playing genres such as Highlife, Soukous, Calypso and Reggae.

Yaw Faso’s father was born in the Sekondi-Takoradi, in the western region of Ghana. Ghana has been an important influence in birthing much of the modern day Afrobeats genre, which has spawned into a worldwide revolution and crossed over into the western mainstream masses. His culture and the music he was exposed to has had a direct influence on being able to explore and develop his natural talents in drumming, singing and performing that lead him to invest in following his aspirations to create African and Caribbean influenced music.

Yaw Faso’s powerful live presence has seen him perform at various events, including Let Them Eat Cake, Golden Plains, I Love Dancehall, Reggae Dancehall Vibes, Sydney’s Africultures Festival, and St Kilda Festival. In 2018, Yaw Faso was given the chance to support Baker Boy with an electric performance during his Marryuna tour, and JessB at Bellville during her tour. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Nasty C and Konshen during their Australian tours, and also got to take his talents abroad with Wuk It Up to perform in Auckland, New Zealand.

His unique versatility has seen him collaborate with an array of international producers/artists, namely; Machinedrum (USA), King Toppa (Germany), Harmon (Australia), Dun D (UK), JessB (NZ) and Dubsy.

After the successful release of his EP ‘Maskya’, created in collaboration with Machinedrum and SK Simeon, Yaw Faso signed to Alt Music Group in early 2017. Since then, Yaw Faso has released a catalogue of singles such as ‘Massive’, ‘Expose This’, ‘Takeover’, ‘Motions’ and ‘Buckle Up’. Towards the end of 2017, Yaw Faso released his sonic boundary-breaking EP ‘Breath’, raising the bar in the Australian Afrobeat and Dancehall music scene.

Acknowledged by the industry for his groundbreaking style during 2018, Yaw Faso has been featured on various radio platforms and also became an honorary nominee for the Best Reggae and Dancehall Act as part of the Age Music Victoria Awards.

Earlier this year in March, Yaw Faso released his single ‘Buckle Up’, which has emmassed over 30k streams on Spotify, as well as being featured on Ditto’s Aussie Hitlist and the Afrocentric playlist.

Having caught the attention of tastemakers across the globe, there seems to be no signs of slowing down for Melbourne’s Afro-fusion Trailblazer.

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.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

24 Apr 2019

Triple J
40

i feel goooood. is it the short week or is it yaw faso, both i think.

i feel goooood. is it the short week or is it yaw faso, both i think.