Fuse ODG

We catch up with afrobeats star Fuse ODG at the MOBO Awards 2013 nominations night.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 16 Sep 2013
  • min read
Fuse ODG, aka Richard Abiona, is a Ghanian born, London-based singer, best known for bringing the energy and excitement of the afrobeats sounds to the UK.

2013 has been a game-changing year for Fuse. His summer single Antenna put a dent in the UK top ten, selling 250,000 plus copies and clocking up some 10 million views on YouTube.

He’s gone on to perform at a number of festivals including Wireless as well as supporting the likes of Sean Paul, Eve, Ke$ha and Wyclef Jean at their recent gigs.

Back in 2012, Fuse ODG made history by being the first ever UK act to be nominated for a Ghana Music Award, receiving two nominations while his upcoming single Azonto is expected to do even more to spread the word of sound he describes as ‘African music with a modern touch’.

Fuse ODG is also a firm favourite to win a prize at this year's MOBO Awards, having been shortlisted in three different categories for best newcomer, best African act and best video categories.

M spoke to Fuse at the recent MOBO Awards 2013 nominations to ask him about his music and how he found working with Wyclef Jean.

You can also read the full shortlist of artists for this year’s awards and watch an interview with So Solid Crew from the same night.