Photographed by Katie Situ

Photographed by Katie Situ

delivering the kind of cosmopolitan hip-hop/future-soul usually reserved for the North America’s, larger, competitive club-scape: Atlanta, Toronto, LA, Queen’s. With a glorious, cascading flow, MO glides along jazz-infused beats, juggling hot syllables, percussive and free...
— Arboretum Music festival

Nigerian born-Canadian based Interdisciplinary Artist, aka MO has developed his sound over 3 short Ep’s released between 2014 and 2016.(The Ducked Tape, Nothing But, Subject Matters).

He was presented with the Artiste of the year Award by Le Rouge Affairs(2015), after the release of his 2016 EP “Subject Matter[s]”. The project was premiered on and garnered attention through air-play on local radio stations for reasons including it's socially sensitive tone and informative context, emerging out of the local scene in Ottawa as a fusion of African folk and classic hiphop.

At the RBCBluesfest2016, morris gave an impressive and profound performance, a smooth blend of Afro Hip-Hop on the Bluesfest main stage. Mo performed “ subliminals ” & “ 613AM ” 2songs, each from his 2015/2016 EPs as a guest artist with Yusso. In the late fall of 2016, Morris went on an Ontario Campus Tour, performing at over five universities across the province. Then made his Solo Music Festival performance at Arboretum Music Festival 2016, Morris performed the Subject Matter[s] EP Live for the first time to a multicultural crowd at the Babely Shades.

By the early fall of 2017, after his spotlight Interview with for Marvest at 2017Cityfolk festival ( He followed by his appearance at The Unrefined Olive (where He kicked off the show with a stunning live performance of an unreleased record "know me better") then went on to perform with the TheSetup, a band he put together for the night. This immediately caught the attention of Ottawa's Shifter Magazine (

In 2018, Morris kicked off his year with a third single release - “Light Years Away”. (A storytelling driven narrative, Compelling in it’s genre-free expression) followed with the release of  a mixtape Album titled “This That Mo”(Feb26th). An introductory themed Lp project spanning over Seven tracks +Plus intro In record time (25:00minutes). "...This That Mo gets a GOLD review" - A track-by-track Album Review by Shifter Magazine ( Morris will be returning to the 2018RBCBluesFest Stage on July 6th & performiong " This That Mo " (

Ogbowu’s authenticity made you feel like you were experiencing real Art
— Kevin Bourne (Shifter Magazine)


Photographer: Katie Situ

Musician: Morris Ogbowu

Festival: RBCBluesfest Festival, 2016