Oginga Osaze (known as Ras Happa) is an icon in the field of Caribbean drumming. Born in Jamaica, Oginga specialises in the country's traditional drum rhythms whilst being extremely well versed in the traditional rhythms of Africa and South America. His impressive work history demonstrates an ability to use the drum in both therapeutic and performance contexts.
In a performance setting, Oginga has worked and toured extensively with L'acadco, and held key positions in the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts and the Stella Morris Dance Ensemble. he is also the founder of the drumming group 'Akwaaba de Drummers' who were instrumental in showcasing traditional Jamaican drum rhythms at some of the country's' most prestigious events including the annual 'Reggae Sunsplash'.
Delivering cultural therapy, Oginga has worked at all levels of the education system from Nursery right through to institutes of higher learning. In Jamaica, he has worked on community projects for Trenchtown's Bob Marley Foundation and has delivered succesful therapy workshops at the University of West Indies Ward 21 facility for persons with mental health issues.
Since 2006, Oginga has been living and working in the UK. His work continues to span education, therapy and performance with the IRIE Dance Theatre Company, Broadwater Farm Primary School, North London's West Indian Cultural Centre, The National Theatre, the University of Guildford and the Grimsby Institute of Higher Learning all benefitting from his deep knowledge of folkloric dance, song and rhythm.
Oginga performs on the Kete drum here in an impromptu studio session with The Viceroys whose line-up includes Earl 'Chinna' Smith (Guitar), John 'Flabba' Holt (Bass), Kidus I (Bass Drum):