Okayafrica TV: Backstage On The Macklemore Heist Tour With Owuor Arunga
The official trumpeter for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ The Heist album and tour–and an esteemed member of Seattle’s hip-hop community in his own right, Owuor Arunga–has played just about every note along the way of the duo’s meteoric rise. And it was just about a year ago that Okayafrica first found out that Heist‘s orchestral ringleader hails from Kisumu, Kenya. Armed with a GoPro, the “Sultan of Swag” Owuor Arunga took Okayafrica TV backstage for an exclusive look at life on the road with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. When all was said and done, Owuor turned out to be pretty sneaky behind the lens (take his shots of Chance The Rapper tap dancing backstage in Paris for instance). After three months of traveling with a P.I. camera in tow, Owuor caught up with Okayafrica to assess the footage and answer some questions we’d been dying to know. How did he and Macklemore meet? Who was the troublemaker and who was the “square bear” of Seattle’s legendary Garfield High? How’d he end up jamming with kids in Cairo? And perhaps most important of all, how amped is he to bring the Macklemore tour to Kenya? And so without further adieu, get to know The Heist‘s resident jazz cat Owuor Arunga as he takes us backstage in the latest episode of Okayafrica TV.
Owuor & Friends