Woolwich-based electropop duo Ooberfuse will be playing on Seoul with YB (Yoon Do-hyun’s band) as part of an Amnesty International project in support of refugees everywhere. The music video for the band’s upcoming single features the well-known North Korean exile and campaigner Jihyun Park, along with her daughter. This is an interesting project and I wish I could be there to support in person, particularly as I enjoyed YB’s performances in London and Kingston back in 2008.
The venue for the 20 September concert is secret at the moment. You can register for a chance to attend via www.sofarsounds.com/comp/GiveAHomeSeoul1. Register by 10 September.
Ooberfuse’s album, The Odd Ones, is available on iTunes and elsewhere.
Ooberfuse + YB in Amnesty “Give a Home” project
Ooberfuse – London band in Korea – 20 September – Sofar Sounds Seoul gig with YB – for Amnesty International
Ooberfuse will be in Seoul from 17-21 September. They will be performing a special show for Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International Korea with Korea’s YB band.
Here is the London electropop duo’s Ooberfuse’s latest track Never Give Up — out on 27 September 2017.
Mixed and produced by Patrick Phillips from Real World Studios whose credits include One Republic, Peter Gabriel, Marina and the Diamonds, Rag n Bone Man and Goldfrapp.
Never Give Up was written by London band Ooberfuse after several inspirational meetings with Shin Dong Hyuk in the summer of 2016 during the British band’s first trip to Korea. Leaving your home and motherland in flight from inconceivable state brutality is perhaps the hardest and most dangerous decision a person can make. Hard because you leave loved ones behind to face the aftermath and dangerous because you can be shot if caught attempting an escape. Shin Dong Hyuk made the decision to escape the relentless torture inside one of North Korea’s most notorious Labour camps. Now a citizen of the free world he can never forget the loved ones left behind and will never give up agitating for their freedom.
The Never Give Up music video features Jihyun Park who fled North Korea and is now living in Manchester UK.
Ooberfuse will be returning to Korea in September 2017 to help raise awareness and show solidarity with refugees. They will perform the song live in Sofar Sounds Seoul, Korea on 20 September 2017 as part of Amnesty International’s Give a Home global concert series. Taking place in cities all over the world on 20 September 2017, Ooberfuse have been invited to perform in Korea to join the global line up which includes Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Jake Garratt, Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware.
Ooberfuse are a songwriting duo composed of Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson from Woolwich, London. They are unafraid to deep-sea dive into the deepest oceans of human emotions to colour-up drab contemporary life. Their songs are audio footprints left behind by people impelled towards invisible things.
On what sets Ooberfuse apart from their peers, an influential UK music critic says: “Ethereal electronic pop with the complex beauty that Ooberfuse has will endure.” Well-crafted songs delivered through powerful, emotional and heartfelt vocals combined with east-meets-west electronic music are Ooberfuse’s trademarks.
One of Ooberfuse’s strengths is their live performance, having played hundreds of gigs all over the world. They are equally at home performing to an audience of 2 million in Madrid, to hundreds in one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas, or in front of the House of Lords in the UK. They recently toured the UK, Italy, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Brazil, Canada, the Philippines and Iraq. They have graced the stage of some of Britain’s most prestigious venues – including the O2 in Greenwich, Leicester Square Theatre, Bush Hall and Trafalgar Square. They embarked on their first music tour in China which includes MTA Festival supporting Example and Rudimental. They also toured South Korea in October 2016 which includes showcase sets in Sofar Sounds Seoul, Zandari Festa and Jeju World Music Festival.
Support for Ooberfuse has come from various credible music tastemakers such as Paul Oakenfold, Sister Bliss (Faithless), Ministry of Sound, BBC Introducing’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly, Music Week and DJ Mag.
Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds – Give a Home
The concert series is a collaboration between Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, and Sofar Sounds, a London-based company that specializes in throwing secret concerts in people’s homes all over the world.
With more than 22 million people now forced to flee their home country, the aim of the ambitious concert series is to unite people in showing solidarity with refugees. More than 300 events are lined up to take place all on one day. Each event will feature performances from two to three music artists, as well as talks from activists to highlight the solutions people are working on to address the refugee crisis.
Give a Home is supported by VICE and Facebook Live, who will be live-streaming and promoting the concerts globally.
Fans have until 10 September to apply for tickets through sofarsounds.com/giveahome. From the site, people will be able to select their city and the event of their choice to be in with a chance of winning two tickets. They will have the option of making a donation when applying for tickets.
The funds raised by the project will support Amnesty International’s work in documenting human rights abuses and violations against refugees and pushing governments to find a sustainable solution to the refugee crisis.