Otim Never Fails Anyone. That strong yet accurate statement refers to his heartfelt duty spawned from his role as wedding ceremony leader, a duty to involve everybody in the room in his performances, making them wholly spiritual experiences, creating an uncontrollable urge to dance.
It's documented that at weddings in traditional Uganda, special Acholi songs are played known as 'Larakaraka’. Over a decade ago, Otim Alpha began collaborating with pioneering producer Leo P-layeng to mix up the style he was known for, into a newer hyper-frenetic electronic version, much like Syrian legend Omar Suleyman’s reinterpretation of Syrian wedding music. They toured the style across East Africa, and became known to Nyege Nyege Tapes who showcased them at their festival, and released Otim’s hit collection ‘Gulu City Anthems’.
The tape sold out within days, and later in 2017 Otim performed at Unsound Festival, earning him a live reputation that warranted festival director Mat Schultz’s Instagram post “Every European festival MUST book Otim Alpha!”
Otim has taken part in Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project in South Africa released in 2019. He also heavily featured on two projects with long term collaborator and friend Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz, Owiny Sigoma Band) on ‘Ennanga Vision’ (Soundways 2018) with ‘Otim’s War’ and most recently on “Metal Prayers” (Nyege Tapes, 2020). Most recently Otim Alpha featured on the compilation “Electro Acholi Kaboom” (Nyege Tapes, 2019) that presents the best of Electro Acholi productions.