vodun band


Vodun are spell spinners Ogoun, The Marassa and Oya, whose combined love of doom-metal and the West African Vodun religion comes on like a heavy rock hand grenade.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Aug 2016
  • min read
Who? Vodun are sonic spell spinners Ogoun, The Marassa and Oya.

What? Ritualistic doom-metal meets afro-psych.

From where? London, by way of the spirit world.

What’s the story? Formidable frontwoman Oya, formally of chamber rock outfit Chrome Hoof, fell for the mystic tug of the West African Vodun religion while still in her old band.

Drawn to its ancient cosmology and rituals, she set about exploring its main themes through riff and rhythm.

Now with The Marassa and Ogoun, the band have morphed from their sturdy metal base to become high priests and priestesses of celestial doom.

Channelling the occult with feminist codes and psychedelic soul, they've hit on a bracing new way to serve up sweaty front-loaded rock.

From the inimitable soul of Aretha Franklin to the wayward drone of Earth, theirs is a heady incantation of disparate flavours from around the globe.

The debut LP Possession, mixed by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Band of Skulls, Killing Joke), signalled their intent to shake things up back in March.

But it’s through Vodun’s electric live performances that you really witness the band in full, ritualistic flight.

Don’t miss their upcoming live shows this summer and autumn (dates below).

Sounds like? Goat fronted by Jill Scott.

Predicted to? Bewitch unsuspecting gig-goers everywhere.

Must hear? Mawu:


6 - Sludgefest, The Swamp, Reading
13 - Bloodstock Festival, Derby
27 - Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton

3 - Loud Women Fest, London

14 - 16 - Desertfest, Belguim

December - Uncle Acid Tour
8 - The Rainbow, Birmingham
9 - The Brudenel Social, Leeds
10 - Arts Club, lLiverpool
11 - Arts Centre, Norwich
13 - The Haunt, Brighton
14 - Engine Rooms, Southampton
15 - The Globe, Cardiff
16 - The Bullingdon, Oxford