It was in 2011 that Fuse ODG had an awakening. Frustrated with his experiences growing up in south London, he decided to take a trip to Ghana, the country of his birth. “I saw a whole new Africa that I had never seen on TV,” he says. “You’re just a human here, you don’t feel like a minority. It feels like home. That’s the energy I got from coming back: peace of mind.”
That trip was a catalyst for what happened next: a string of hit Afrobeats singles that melded old African highlife rhythms with western rap and R&B melodies.
On 2 June 2013, Fuse ODG released his debut single “Antenna”, the song peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, the song also peaked at number 85 on the Irish Singles Chart. On 29 September 2013 he released the single “Azonto”, the song peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.
On 19 October 2013, he was awarded ‘Best African Act’ at the MOBO Award’s 18th Anniversary. He recently won four awards at the Urban Music Awards 2013; Best Music Video, Best Single, Best Artiste and Best Collaboration.
He released the single “Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)” on 29 December 2013. The song peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, the song also peaked at number 65 on the Irish Singles Chart. On 18 May 2014 Fuse ODG released “Dangerous Love”, featuring Sean Paul. It peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
His next single, “T.I.N.A.” featuring British R&B artist Angel, was released on 19 October 2014. His debut album, T.I.N.A., an acronym for “This Is New Africa”, was released on 3 November 2014 and includes all five singles, the album peaked to number 25 on the UK Albums Chart, the album also peaked to number 63 in Scotland.
Fuse ODG turned down an offer to sing on the Band-Aid 30 project because he objected to the way the lyrics of the song portrayed the victims of the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, and Africa generally.
In April 2015 he featured on Tinchy Stryder’s single “Imperfection”. In July 2015 he released the single “Only”. He features on Angel’s single “Leyla”. The song was released on 17 July 2015. On 4 September 2015 he released the single “Top of My Charts”.
In 2016, he collaborated with British Asian artist Zack Knight and Indian rapper Badshah. They came together and composed an African/Indian soundtrack, Bombae.