Fresh off of his opening set for award-winning Afrobeats artist Burna Boy’s first show in Toronto, Canadian musician Asuquomo is taking it from the Motherland to the Cold Capital on his latest single, “NORTHSIDE.” Mo’s volatile flow bobs and weaves through bone-chilling production. Asuquomo gets on his braggadocios tip on “NORTHSIDE” as he proves that he’s an unstoppable force on wax.
“NORTHSIDE” marks Asuquomo’s third single of the year, following the release of the Afro-fusion influenced, “Wide Awake” and March’s “Anew.”
The former was accompanied with a vibrant visual that was shot in his hometown of PH, Nigeria.
Wide Awake shows Asuquomo in a community of all sorts of hustlers in the southside region of Nigeria, Port Harcourt.
Street hustlers, Workmen in overused over-alls, all holding a sense of urgency, literally from day-break till sun down.
The narrative is edgy, raw, deep, and shows off of the vibrancy and oil-soiled surroundings.
The Artist describes the process of WIDE AWAKE as an immersive improv, to communicate these emotions movements and messages.
Asuquomo was described by Bandcamp Daily as "...an artist elevating Ottawa immigrant communities". The Nigerian-born emcee is also a songwriter and visual artist. Since Immigrating to Canada in 2012, MO's interdisciplinary background Inspired the interest in narrative film writing and graphic novel adaptations, along with his musical and visual art aspirations. His 2018 self-titled LP This That Mo -- released under his birth name Morris Ogbowu -- was the recipient of the Rick and Brune Sinneave Artist Award at the Banff Centre 2018.
MO’s rise to prominence in the Canadian hip-hop scene has earned him opening slots for the likes of Nigerian superstar Wizkid, Toronto's Jazz Cartier, Lido Pimienta, Zaki Ibrahim, BROCKHAMPTON and Lil Yatchy's Label Affiliate Kodie Shane. He’s also performed on some of the biggest stages in the city such as Ottawa’s Bluesfest, Winterlude, City Folk Festival, and Arboretum Festival. He’s garnered national attention within the past year, including an invitation to Banff Musicians In Residence.
Asuquomo’s debuted his first single after changing his stage name from Morris Ogbowu at Canadian Music Week in spring 2019. MO premiered the Afrofusion influenced single “WIDE AWAKE” and short film which has been described as a “reclaiming of the Pan-African narrative with non-verbal spells as verses and spirituals as hooks.”