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Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
Morris Ogbowu (Photo: Sean Jean)

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Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest

Morris Ogbowu was the first artist from the local hip-hop scene to perform at this year’s RBC Bluesfest, hitting the Black Sheep Stage at 6:30 p.m. for an hour long set.

With amazing energy and crowd work, Ogbowu was able to deliver a great start to the annual Ottawa-based festival. From pure aesthetics, Morris was emphasizing his Nigerian roots with traditional paintings on his arms, a red cap and comfortable loafers.

Accompanied by a live bad which was put together by Morris himself, his energetic manager King Sackey recited all song lyrics, making the stage lit.

His most popular songs were in full display, specifically “Ego” and “Shame.” Performing tracks from his recent mixtape, This That Mo, it was clear that supporters were present and feeling the vibe. With DJ O.T.R. controlling the second part of the show – and guest appearances from his backup singer Eli and rapper Keynes Woods from Toronto – this was a perfect tease for the remaining local representation at the festival.

Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest

Brockhampton (Photo: Scott Penner/Bluesfest)

Next up was the Atlanta-born artist Kodie Shane (aka It’s The Don Baby). with a strong American accent she got the crowd going, starting mosh pits as she performed her most recent and unreleased songs. As the night got darker, one of the world’s top boy bands that consists of 14 kids, Brockhampton, performed for the sold-out crowd hugging the Black Sheep Stage.

Make your way to the festival today for a great lineup that includes Ghostface Killah (8 p.m.), Lauv (6:30 p.m.), Chromeo (7:45 p.m.), Shawn Mendes (9:30 p.m.), and more.

Stay tuned for more coverage.

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Written by Sean Jean (@SeanJeann) & Nate G for HipHopCanada & CapCityHipHop
Photography by Sean Jean for HipHopCanada & CapCityHipHop

Our 2018 Bluesfest coverage is brought to you in partnership with our friends at CapCityHipHop.

  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest
  • Morris Ogbowu takes over the Black Sheep Stage at Bluesfest

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