An artist the whose roots lie half in and Nigeria represents today for what we understand as House.
Percussions,Â drifty hypnotic beats, a touch of soul and marvellously deep. House is a feeling and Ray Okpara has hisÂ finger firmly on the pulse…
The first thing that strikes you about Ray OkparaÂ is that he’s an overwhelmingly nice guy with what seems like time for everybody but behind the big smile and wiley dreads is one of house music’s most seriousÂ producer/djs.
Despite coming to prominence during the media’s 2008 obsession with Frankfurt/Mannheim via releases on Cecille, Oslo, Get Physical and Area Remote, Okpara has been instrumental in Germany’s flourishingÂ house scene for well over a decade. Initially taking to the decksÂ to play his close friend Johnny D ’s UK Garage records in the mid-90’s, Okpara quickly found his grooveÂ and by the time the pair started their RAJO club night a fervent dedication to all things house engulfed theÂ young Nigerian. In 2001 Nick CurlyÂ joined the team and the night began it’s residency at The Loft inÂ Mannheim â€“ becoming the seed what has since become one of the strongest house music family trees inÂ Europe.
As with most Djs, the production itch had to be scratched but, unlike most, Okpara’s initial efforts betrayedÂ an innate talent for the craft. Lomidhigh Ltd, Drumpoet Community and Arearemote are a enviable bunch toÂ count as early adopters for any budding producer and this start made just strengthened Ray’s resolve.Â Rejoining his tight knit group of friends, now running the Oslo, Deep Vibes, Cecille and 8-Bit imprints, afterÂ a four year relocation to Berlin in 2005, Ray’s reputation was cemented and the rest is history.
Now based back in MannheimÂ with a heavy touring schedule as a DJ and a dedicated live artist, OkparaÂ continues to go from strength to strength. His AmaÂ label rolls out consistently quality output in an unhurriedÂ manner while his own productions continue to hit home for crowds, critics and record buyers alike. As wellÂ as ongoing relationships forged in his Mannheim days, affiliations with OsloÂ and MobileeÂ are beingÂ nurtured and with many more projects still to be unveiled 2012 and beyond is looking pretty rosy for theÂ cheery guy.
House music still movinâ€™ not and groovinâ€™â€¦â€¦â€¦
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