Asuquomo is an Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist and experimental emcee with roots from Nigeria.
Named after his birthplace, his newest EP, DIOBU, was recorded between Ottawa and Banff, and is a study of the African diaspora in Canada and the collective recollection of ancestry. Lead track, ‘YAHWEH’, is an enchanting prayer which considers the understanding of patience and how it modifies one’s relationship with time. DIOBU received financial support from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.
Asuquomo has opened for Nigerian superstar Wizkid and Grammy-nominated Burna Boy. He’s shared stages with Mdou Moctar, Shay Lia, Zaki Ibrahim, Violent Ground, Jazz Cartier, Lido Pimienta, Cadence Weapon, Kimmortal, BROCKHAMPTON and Kodie Shane. Locally, he has played festivals like Marvest CityFolk, Ottawa RBC Bluesfest and Arboretum Festival.
Asuquomo has been featured in Pitchfork, CBC, Shifter Magazine, Bandcamp Daily, Apt613, and FACES Magazine. ‘YAHWEH’ was placed on countless playlists including Spotify’s Editorial Playlist: Boutique Tracks, Pitchfork, and a playlist curated by Japanese record producer Toshio Matsuura.
Amid the international pandemic, Asuquomo continues to express his pan-African narrative and artistry, as well as performing at the RBC Ottawa/Bluesfest Drive-in during summer 2020.