Genesis Owusu Announces New Album 'Struggler' & December Australian Tour

18 May 2023 | 10:59 am | Mary Varvaris

The album announcement is preceded by Owusu’s new single, Leaving The Light, a genre-defying opus.

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Genesis Owusu has announced that his second album, Struggler, will be released on Friday, 18 August, via Ourness/AWAL.

The album announcement is preceded by Owusu’s new single, Leaving The Light, a genre-defying opus with an insane beat, funky melodies, and an otherworldly time and key change. Leaving The Light is accompanied by a music video packed with incredible visuals.

If this is just the first single, what else will we experience before the album comes out? Check out the Leaving The Light music video below.

“The struggler runs through an absurd world with no ‘where’ or ‘why’ at hand,” Owusu detailed in a statement. “Just an instinctual inner rhythm, yelling at them to survive the pestilence and lightning bolts coming from above. A roach just keeps roaching.”

In addition to the album announcement and newly-released single, Genesis Owusu has also announced global tour dates, hitting Australia this December.

On 1 December, Owusu will take to the Ice Cream Factory in Perth, before heading to Melbourne’s Festival Hall on 8 December. The following night, Owusu will perform at the UC Refectory in Canberra, followed by a final set of performances at the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane on 14 December, Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on 15 December, and a closing performance on 16 December at Adelaide’s Hindley Street Music Hall. Joining Owusu for each show (excluding Perth) will be very special guests, Atlanta hip-hop duo EARTHGANG.

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The pre-sale for Owusu’s upcoming Australian tour is on now. The general on-sale opens at 10 am AEST tomorrow (Friday, May 19). You can buy tickets here.

Recorded between the US and Australia, Struggler’s producers traverse musical genres; from Jason Evigan (RUFUS DU SOL, SZA), to Mikey Freedom Hart (Jon Batiste’s 2021 GRAMMY of the Year Album, We Are), Sol Was (Beyoncé’s Renaissance), and original producers, Andrew Klippel and Dave Hammer.

Additionally, Owusu collaborates with New Zealand visual artist, Lisa Reihana, on the album’s complete visual identity. You can pre-order Struggler here.




Friday, 1 December 2023 - Ice Cream Factory, Perth WA
 Friday, 8 December 2023 – Festival Hall, Melbourne VIC
 Saturday, 9 December 2023 – UC Refectory, Canberra ACT
 Thursday, 14 December 2023 – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
 Friday, 15 December 2023 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW
 Saturday, 16 December 2023 – Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide SA