Ocacia's music has been characterized as "timeless and escapist." Ocacia's first album was released in 1999. Ocacia continue to go against the grain of mainstream music by using music as a tool for empowerment and social commentary. Anti-war, pro-life, pro-culture Ocacia is comfortable focusing of the beautiful art of music and social empowerment.
The original members of the group were 'Alik Shahadah (Piano/Guitar/Bass), Natasha Odlum (Voice), Nadia Kanouche (Voice), David Hadley (Bass), Brian McCooke (Drums). In recent years Ocacia has included vocalist and instrumentalist such as Sona Jobarteh (If I...) and Pinky Dlaba (KwaMashu and Come into the Sunshine).
Pinky Dlaba died suddenly in 2012 (South Africa).
Owen 'Alik Shahadah | Bio
Music in Africa was always socially responsible, the griots of West Africa held more than a station of mere entertainers. They reported and serviced the conscious of the people. Ocacia is a return to that African tradition with deep social roots. We believe that music is a powerful vehicle for the deeper enlightenment and unification of all mankind. A vehicle of limitless expression and artistic creativity. And so we come to you .
"Come into the Sunshine" originally only performed in 2000 for the St Lucia Jazz Festival, it was re-recorded in 2007 and released in the 2010 film Motherland.