O-Shen is an American who grew up among the tribes of the island nation of Papua, New Guinea. He rose to third-world super-stardom when he became the first person to rap and sing reggae in the native languages of the Pacific Islands. After leaving his Island home of Morobe, Papua, New Guinea to attend high school in America, he experienced major culture shock. Finding community among other misfits in gangs and their criminal activities, at 19 he was sentenced to time in the penitentiary for armed robbery.
From within a maximum-security prison, O-Shen found his way: studying and nurturing his natural talent in freestyle rap and playing the drums. Just 3 years later, he returned to the Pacific Islands and rose to iconic status among the island people as their musical ambassador.
O-Shen is equally well-known as a musical artist in Hawaii, where he now resides. What Bob Marley was to Jamaica, O-Shen is to the people of the Pacific Islands. He is a versatile artist and song-writer, mixing modern reggae and American rap with Jamaican, Raga, native chanting and song.
Both television shows and films have used his music, among them Adam Sandler’s “50 First Dates”. Collaborations have included Jamaican artists like Elephant Man, Bunny Rugs of 3rd World, and Don Carlos.
With his captivating good looks, fair-haired dreads and a wealth of native tribal tattoos, O-Shen draws attention, and then holds it hostage with his soulful lyrics.
Currently unsigned to a major label, his last six albums were independently produced in PNG and Hawaii. His song “Meri Lewa” was his break-out song in the Pacific Islands, along with the album, “Rebel 1”. His seventh album, “Saltwater Messenger”, out now, includes “Human Traffic” the proceeds of which will be directed toward helping bringing world-wide awareness of this pervasive crime.