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Fusing reggae, pop, punk and hip hop..Oogee Wawa is the way to go if you’re looking for feel good music. Their mission: To spread positive vibes wherever they go. 

The name came from one of the groups first bartending books that showed you all the different ways to say cheers in all different languages. The very last word on the last page read Oogy Wawa-Zulu. They decided to take the phonetically spelling of the word because it was easier to chant and became their saying instead of cheers at the bar. 

Around 2 years ago on a crisp fall evening my musician boyfriend at the time spoke very highly of Oogee. Our current mission as a team was to go to a variety of shows to drink in as many experiences as possible. To be quite honest, at the time, my limited experience to the world of reggae consisted of Sublime and Slightly Stoopid. 

We walked into Napper’s of Smithtown scanning the area, noticing it was already packed. As soon as Oogee went on the crowd went wild and the dance floor became an array of skanking. I had never had so much fun at a reggae show before in my life. Since then, Oogee Wawa has had the privilege to show their talents by opening for amazing headliners such as: The Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Matisayhu, Pepper, 311, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA and many more. Most recently, they became headliners at the popular venue The Paramount for one of the Paramount’s only free summer parties.

Whenever their music finds its way to my ears, I find myself feeling wistful of the summer. A summer that was spent being in love, venturing to new nooks of the world, cruising the endless roads of the east, sprinkled with fields of sunflowers. The roaming of woods that seemed to go on forever and the watching of life as it breezed on by. I would let my hand drift out the window to catch the warm wind and my other hand fingers laced. Oogee will always and forever remind me of the ephemeral summer.

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