Nana Richard Abiona (born 2 December 1988), popularly known by stage name Fuse ODG, is a UK based Ghanaian recording artist. Fuse ODG is best known for his 2013 singles titled “Azonto” and “Antenna” which peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. Fuse ODG was Born in London and raised in Ghana. He returned to London for his secondary education, where he attended the Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. He grew up in Mitcham, South London.
Fuse ODG is an afrobeats artist, He is the founder of the empowering movement, TINA (This Is New Africa) that seeks to encourage Africans to take pride in their cultural heritage.
He is a British-Ghanaian rapper Fuse ODG made his name in the London rap scene after growing up in the U.K. capital Mitcham, South London.
Fuse ODG’s breakthrough collaboration was in 2011, when he collaborated with Ghanaian producer Killbeatz and female songstress Tiffany; to produce the sensational dance single “Azonto”. He is credited for taking the Ghanaian viral dance “Azonto” to the international scene. Azonto became a global sensation shortly after the collaboration. Lots of people worldwide joined the craze. The Azonto song has over a million views on YouTube.
Fuse ODG’s Major Achievements
He has won the Urban Music Award for Best Afro-Beats Artist in 2012. He is also the first U.K.-based artist to be nominated for the Ghana Music Award. In March 2013, Fuse ODG holds the record of being the first Ghanaian musician in history reach the number one spot in the iTunes World Chart.
Fuse has many achievements aside this. He has performed and collaborated with several international artist such as Ed Sheeran, Wyclef Jean and Damian Marley.
He performed at the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019. Where he dazzled fans with his stage performance at the Closing ceremony held at the Cairo International Sports Stadium on Saturday July 19, 2019 in Egypt.
He is the first U.K.-based artist to be nominated for the Ghana Music Award.
Fuse ODG Major Music Releases
Right after his hit collaboration song “Azonto” which gave him international recorgnition, he released another hit single titled “Antenna,” which featured American rapper Wyclef Jean and rose to the Top Ten of the U.K. Singles Chart. “Antenna” was at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart for a while.
He followed “Antenna” with “T.I.N.A” in 2014. Following “T.I.N.A” he released the single “Top of My Charts”. Followed by “BomBae” in 2016 that featured Zack Knight and Badshah. Then followed by “Window Seat” and “Sunrise,” in 2017 featuring Jillionaire and Fatman Scoop.
Fuse has worked extensively on U.K. artist Ed Sheeran’s album that won a grammy. In the process, Fuse became the first Ghanaian artist ever to win a Grammy.
Just this year he released a single titled “Bra Fie”, featuring Damian Marley. Then released his second album, “New Africa Nation.