What Vanyaland Says: Oompa’s self-professed black girl joy and deeply stirring poetry is saturating Boston music more and more by the day. Since releasing her 2016 record November 3rd, the Roxbury hip-hop artist and MC has become one of the most ubiquitous acts in town, nabbing Boston Music Awards at the House of Blues one month and hopping on tracks with Cliff Notez, VQnC, and STL GLD the next.
Her presence in Boston showcases is even more apparent; in the past year alone, she’s performed at the first-ever TRC Fest, ZUMIX’s Big Worlds series, and Bust Out Boston. Oompa adds HarpoonFest 2019 to the ever-expanding list this Friday (May 17) as she takes stage one at 7:55 p.m. It’s a space at the Seaport that Oompa’s earned — and deserves. But she’s been telling us that sentiment in her self-affirming gospel for ages.
As we noted of her video “I Deserve That” last summer: “Filmed near Academy Homes in Roxbury, where Oompa was born and raised, the video discusses what it means for marginalized peoples to take up the space they rightfully deserve, but are granted so infrequently.”