CANADA | 2022 PARTICIPANT | TEAM 9
Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. His memoir called SAGA BOY was published by Penguin Random House Canada on January 19, 2021 and then launched by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. With the book done, John decided to return to music and released a companion album entitled SAGA KING. Both the book and the album are based on similar themes: searching for home, family, love and a fly coat to wear when you get there! SAGA BOY is the journey of the boy. SAGA KING is the celebration of the man.
John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US to opening for Liam Gallagher on a UK tour as the frontman for a Happy Mondays offshoot band. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall rhythms to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. “The world is a soulful sound-clash dance party. That’s the sound I want to create.”
Official Website: http://www.johnorpheus.com/