JUL 26 2017
Oska Zaky (pt 1)
Farm Festival, Features
I remember the night, a cold Halloween evening when Oxjam was still a thing, a young charming lad turned up at The Venue in Wells, full of enthusiasm and clutching a guitar. No expectations, no preconceptions, this lad played some covers before blessing us with some original offerings of his own. I was mesmerised. Almost two years later Oska Zaky is a household name in Somerset. Amongst his many achievements Oska has maintained a humble and welcoming nature which comes as part of his appeal. The list of events he has electrified is endless, Glastonbury Festival, Godney Gathering, and soon to be Farm Fest to name but a few highlights of his short career.
I want to tell you about the Oska I know, the one who greets me with a hug and warm smile every time I see him. The one I witnessed smash his way through three of his own songs at the GFM song writing competition a mere three days after his mentor and dear friend passed away. A young man who managed to play at three separate events in one day whilst still maintaining his enthusiasm and quality. Humble, respectful and hardworking there soon won’t be a day I need to introduce you to him. His music speaks for itself.
He is the ultimate DIY artist. I once sat with Oska as he explained to me at great length how he shot and edited his video for Pieces. Parts in LA, parts at home, all in all a well delivered piece of art. He can speak Chinese by the way … in a culture struggling to speak English … I know impressive. Is there anything he can’t do? I won’t ask his mother, there may be a longer list than he wishes to see which includes the dishes. Anyway let’s move on to more important things.
Oska is at Farm Fest this year after spending a few weeks travelling around China, no doubt an experience we will be hearing a lot about through his music. For those of you who haven’t had the honour of watching him perform then I suggest you head on down to see him in the afternoon. You will be amazed at how advanced he is and how well accomplished his music is. I dare you to prove me wrong.
The future looks set for the stars for Oska Zaky, if he continues to write and provide songs with such quality and heart he will no doubt find himself amongst the greats of the generation. There is more to his story. Keep an eye out as I follow his journey.
For more on Georgie & her work visit her web site at georgiethejourno.uk
Having decided back in Y9 to take Mandarin, Chinese for GCSE I finally got to go to China. I was going last year before my GCSE's but managed to get a featured slot at The Godney Gathering so postponed.
It was a long flight via Abu Dhabi. On arriving in Beijing 16th July it was very hot we got to our hotel lunch then a trip to the Summer Palace, we also met up with other schools on this trip.
During the week we visited Tiananmen Square and through to the Forbidden City, the architecture was stunning! Then to market at Xiushui, lots of haggling to be done. The Great Wall of China was a high light for me 80 percent vertical, I managed to find a guitar & Busked on the Great Wall of China! We went on to the traditional Chinese Markets of Nan Lugu Xiang watching the Fro-Yo flowers raining down on us and our food! Beijing Zoo, was next. I enjoyed the Chinese Tea Ceremony (top tip sit next to a plant throw the 1st cup a way to clean the cup, there was no need to do this was we were given paper cups.) we had 4 types of tea. Then on the the Temple of Heaven, though it was exceedingly hot. The food throughout has been good.
We headed to Harbin City 20th July with a stop to the Hanban HQ the funders of the trip, it was a small museum which we spent 2 hours at, quite interesting. We dropped off our bags after our delayed flight and went straight to the dumpling restaurant, lots of food. Now for going to school Chinese style, I'm in one of the top sets as I have completed 3 years of Chinese, so with the native speakers. I will defiantly be better at Chinese by the end of this week not much English during lesson time.
Today we visited a local village Lanxi and picked fruits & vegetables for dinner.
WOW! Glastonbury for me this year was truly amazing officially there at the Rabbit Hole 3.15 Thursday the place was rocking out and pleased to say my new Song Skin & Bone went down a treat! Best gig! Thanks Hamish. I then played Green Room Bar in T&C, Hospitality John Peel on Saturday, Worthy FM and my final official set at the Avalon Cafe Stage even made it on the official site in pictures scroll to the bottom Charles Gervais's set, or check out most of my social media's profile pictures. I met some amazing people & contacts for the future.
This Saturday see's me playing 3 events Clifton Fest, PitFest in Pitney & PitchFest in Bishops Lydard lets hope the traffic is on my side! Then off to China on the school trip, I've been asked to play at the opening & closing ceremonies. I hope to busk on the Great Wall of China too! Looking forward to working with Urban in London through August.
Please keep checking my gig page for updates on gigs & events for 2017
Young chap finding his feet, likes the finer things but on a lemonade budget, for now!