Olihile ‘FREEKY’ Afrika is an African reggae artiste that was born in a township south of Johannesburg, South Africa. His name ‘Freeky’ is origin from Sotho (one of the tribes found in South Africa). He was musically incline and dominantly played the bass guitar within his teenage years; and contributed greatly to his friend’s albums and demos. This is where he developed his recording skills. His musical transition to secular music introduced him to his musical influences which stems from: Bob Marley, Garnet Silk,Buju Banton,Capelton and Sizzla.
Thereafter, Freeky joined a legendary Sotho Band (Ntjapedi) in 2006. It was with this band, that he shared stages with Salif Keita, Hugh Masekela and other African musical legends. He also collaborated with other African musicians he regards highly such as: Bongo Riot, Jah Seed under the Ntjapedi umbrella. At the point, he was appointed a leadership position which deems him out of his comfort zone to be front and centre to lead a band called TATTOO L9. TATTOO is a band he writes, leads and composes music for.
In 2007 Freeky decided to try a solo career. He met Robin Mabunda of Dreaded Sounds who got him more in touch with reggae music’s roots. His abilities as a song writer and singer added colour to every song he did and as such drawn the attention of other musicians he has now collaborated with: Mawe2, Lutan Fyah, ,Singer Jah , Sizzla Tommy Gunn and Stacious
Freeky, is currently working on his sophomore album for Dreaded Sounds and anticipate going to Jamaica to work with other artistes and producers.