Ahead of his performance at this year’s The Great Escape, Kobi Onyame highlights five records that have influenced his sound…

The countdown is on to our favourite Brighton weekend! At this year’s The Great Escape, Creative Scotland will host two showcases to shine a light on ten emerging artists from the Scottish scene. From 12pm on Thursday 9th and Saturday 10th May, Creative Scotland will takeover One Church on Gloucester Place, presenting shows from ALLIGATOR, Aaron Smith, Cloth, Walt Disco, Heavy Rapids, Tamzene, Lucia, The Snuts, OK Button, and Kobi Onyame, who we feature in this latest In Five.

Three records deep, and he’s supported the likes of Kanye West and Wu-Tang Clan. Kobi Onyame is no stranger to the stage. The Glasgow-based Ghanaian artist’s last record Gold, which was released one track at a time, saw him lean on his Ghanaian roots more heavily than in previous outputs, combining his penchant for hip hop with the highlife style he explored courtesy of his parents. His sound melds together inspiration from London, Glasgow, Ghana, and classic American hip hop; a unique blend of influences.

You can catch Kobi Onyame at The Great Escape at One Church at 2.30pm on Friday 10th May, and then again at 9.45pm at Latest Music Bar the following day.

Ahead of his performance at The Great Escape as part of Showcasing Scotland, get to know Kobi Onyame through five records that have influenced his sound.


This record epitomises the afrobeat sound but I feel it’s as hip hop as they come. The verses are choruses and the flow is rap. Brilliant! The call and response nature of the verses, with brass responding to each bar, is the energy of afrobeat and hip hop that influences a lot of my sound.


One of the very first records I remember hearing that haunted me. The melody of this song is one of the greatest ever written. Being someone who emigrated to the UK from Ghana, this record has meant more to me as I’ve grown older. Simply one of the greatest songs ever written.


One of the first non-American hip hop records that inspired me. The production gave me goosebumps. The flow is still one of the best, and the message is one that the world still needs.


In my opinion, the greatest hip hop duo and writers ever. I think I was 15 or 16 when I first heard this one. I remember then going back later on to listen to some highlife before recognising what inspired the horns on this track. Afrobeat is powerful and it’s all in the horns!


I came across this song on a playlist that a friend sent me. I was obsessed with just how much it reminded me of producers like Timbaland and that mid-nineties style. Again, it’s a pure vibe and the texture of the music due to the technology at the time makes for a refreshing listen.

Showcasing Scotland at TGE 2019: One Church from 12pm on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May.