Genesis Owusu scoops $30,000 Australian music prize – Reuters
His first album Toothless smile was crowned best album of the year… Again!
Genesis Owusu received the 17th Australian Music Prize for Outstanding Debut Album 2021 Toothless smile. The Ghanaian-Australian artist walks away with $30,000 after being named the top pick of nine incredible albums by a panel of over 40 industry judges.
“It means a lot. It’s an award with great esteem, not to mention putting real money back into music at a time like this is so crucial,” said Owusu, who is currently touring with his All-Star Black. Dog Band, accepting the award via satellite at a ceremony in Melbourne today.
“I am so grateful and look forward to using this award to help spread my art around the world, shouting out Australian talent along the way.”
We first encountered Genesis as 2015 Unearthed High finalist, and the man born Kofi Ansah-Owusu has remained hard to define but impossible to ignore ever since. A skillfully crafted mix of forward-looking hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, punk and beyond, Toothless smile has already been widely praised by critics.
We awarded Genesis Owusu Australian Album and Music Video of the Year at our own J Awards last November. It went on to win the ARIA Awards, winning Album of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Release, Best Independent Release, and Best Cover Art.
Toothless smile was also ranked among the best albums of 2021 in our annual Double J pals list and by triple j listeners (#2 in fact, just behind RÜFÜS DU SOL).
The Australian Music Prize jury scoured 464 albums before narrowing down to a shortlist of nine albums from the past year.
Genesis Owusu topped releases from Baker Boy, Amyl & The Sniffers, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Odette, the Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote, as well as Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, returning nominees Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, and Martha Marlow.
Genesis joins The Avalanches, Sampa The Great, AB Original, Courtney Barnett, Gurrumul, Big Scary and many more as previous winners of the Australian Music Prize.