With a unique vocal style and outstanding musicianship, Onika performs original material in a wide range of styles across the UK. Expect to hear shades of old school reggae with soulful compositions that conjure up many surprises. These days, she performs with her band, but it wasn’t always this way.
Born in South Manchester, Jamaica, Onika was introduced to live music at an early in age in her home village of Resource, quickly learning that music reaches people in a way that nothing else does. Ever since her first performance with her friend Chabe, her soulful voice and reggae style has been capturing the hearts of audiences over two continents.
Upon moving to Kingston, Onika experienced a recording studio for the first time. But just as she started to pursue a music career seriously, her ticket to the UK had arrived. She was heading for London! There, Onika worked with Seanie B from BBC1 Xtra, as well as Tubby T and Miss Dynamite, under her stage name ‘Lady Posh’.
In early 2006, a new era began as Onika fronted the band Slyde. With her unique voice mixing with their Break beat, Techno and House music styles, they recorded 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' and 'Vibrate to This”, both released on the Finger Licking Label. They were nominated for best new act at the Break Beat Awards that very same year.
After finding success in London Onika moved once more, this time to the musically vibrant city of Bristol. Over the last 11 years of open mics, festivals, and headline gigs, Onika continues to make strides; building her band and releasing her debut album 'Everything You Are'.