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OK Naledi

OK Naledi is an Afro Fusion music project created by Queer, Motswana Canadian musician Naledi Sunstrum.

Traditional sub-Saharan clean guitar lines, classic deep bass, movement-inspiring beats and that iconic, driving Afro House tempo – these are the pieces that define OK Naledi.

Emerging in February 2022, OK Naledi has had incredible performance opportunities and support. From major festival and showcase performances to award nominations. OK Naledi’s music video ‘do you feel’ was selected for screening at the 2023 Los Angeles Queer Film Festival. OK Naled has received generous funding support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa to continue creating in this project. On March 4, 2023 OK Naledi released their first full length album with a sold out album release event at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. OK Naledi is presenting themselves as an exciting artist to keep tabs on in the music landscape.

“There is a lot of complexity when it comes to being a visibly Queer, biracial, womxn, artist who grew up in Botswana but lives and creates Afro music in a Western demographic. It’s important for diasporic marginalized folks to stay connected to their heritage and roots and to push back from the ongoing pressure to assimilate and fit in. OK Naledi is my way of nurturing my identity and infusing it in my music” – Naledi Sunstrum

Performance History

  • RBC Bluesfest 2022, 2024

  • Women in Music Harmony Bazaar Festival, Lockeport NS 2023, 2024

  • BONES album release at the National Arts Centre March 2023

  • H.O.P.E. SummerFest 2023

  • Ottawa Capital Pride 2023

  • Cranium Arts Project Showcase 2023

  • Ottawa Jazz Fest 2021

  • House of Paint 2021

  • Westfest


  • Kemptville Live Music Festival

  • CBC Showcase

  • CBC Radio Shows: Ontario Today, All in a Day, Ottawa Morning

  • National Arts Centre: sold out album release on 4th stage

  • Axé WorldFest

  • Nominated for the Colleen Petersen Songwriter award, 2018

  • Nominated for songwriter of the year Ottawa FACES Awards 2019

  • Nominated for the Newcomer of the Year CMA Awards 2022

  • Annually on the Soul Train Cruise and 70’s Rock Cruise


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