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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa | SELF

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa | SELF
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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Album - Paint a Life to be released in 2011.

Single Butterfly, playlisted on Highveld 16 weeks running, Kfm, Chai fm and several other local stations.

Single Beautiful Unknown playlisted on Kfm for 9 months.



Oran’s music has been influenced by artists such as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, James Blunt, Snow Patrol and Alanis Morisette.

Oran’s music is a celebration of both dark and light and captures the diverse and intensely beautiful moments in life. Beyond the catchy melodies that easily replay in your mind, lie lyrics that tug at the core of what makes each of us so perfectly human. Oran’s songs pierce through the comfort of the known and call to the heart. His music emerges from a poet’s heart, and that is authentic and captivating.

Oran’s song “Butterfly” exploded onto Highveld in January this year. Since then Oran’s music is soaring higher, having extended radio airplay on several radio stations and fans across the country requesting to purchase the album.

Listeners and fans have compared his music to John Mayor, Snow Patrol and Jack Johnson….. Oran’s songs have a soothing, connecting and homely feel to them, allowing the lyrics to easily be heard and understood. The listener will feel touched, moved, comfortable and real when they allow the layers of sound to penetrate through to their very core, and perhaps inspire a tear.

Oran had a song called “Beautiful Unknown” on Kfm for 9 months in 2010 and he grew a large fan base in the Western Cape. His single ‘Butterfly’ was on Highveld Homebrew Top 10 for 3 months in 2011 and moved from number 9, to number 5 and up to number 3 where it stayed for the last show of Homebrew. The song has been play listed on Kfm, Chai fm and is on daily rotation on Highveld playing twice a day, having prime time airplay on the station. Having so much airplay has allowed a large Gauteng fan base to form, with listeners calling in to stations and leaving messages on the fan page requesting to purchase digital songs or hard copies of the album. Our biggest feedback is that people love the lyrics and the message they convey.

“Your album has been the soundtrack to my life over the last few weeks. Thank you!” – Donna Mcullum, Author and The Fairy God Mother

It’s not often that a musician’s message is louder than his music. Oran is an activist and a spiritualist first and a musician after. He is a singer/songwriter who uses music to convey his message that imagination is alive and that we can create the life we want and a better world if we realise our unique magnificence and live through our creativity instead of fighting it.

“I am an artist and listening to your album allows me to sink deeper into the creative realm and inspires my artwork.” Tammy Geber, South African Artist

In 2009 Oran Cohen was selected as one of the most interesting young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian and has been called an emerging young global leader by different international Organizations.

Oran is the vocalist in his self-titled band. How does he do it? “I just believe things don't have to be so hard,” he says.-- Ilham Rawoot, Mail & Guardian

Oran has spoken at the United Nations in 2003 during the International Day of Peace. He has run workshops in countries such as Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, Ghana, South Africa, Canada and Nepal, educating youth leaders about spirituality and peace. He is also currently a board member on a United Nations NGO alongside Hinda Miller, the Governor of Vermont and Clarence Jones, the speechwriter to Martin Luther King.

The Album:

Most recently, Oran has finished recording his new album called “Paint a life”, produced by the renowned RJ Benjamin who has produced albums with Vicky Samson, Danny K and Lira. “Paint a life” will be launched officially in May 2011.

The album is created on the idea that we live in a heavily demanding and pressurising society where the metal and concrete we are surrounded by strips us of our own enchantment and our unique magnificence but if we just allow ourselves to see the magic and the beauty, the most colourful and meaningful moments can touch us and change us.

The Story:

In the age of a song being “just another song”, there is a more important destiny for music itself; it has a story to tell. Oran has a story to tell through his music.

From a young age Oran’s purpose became clear, he would show the world that possibilities are endless and potential limitless and he would use his music to do it. As a young man Oran worked with Israeli/Palestinian interfaith work, teaching peace and conflict resolution to the youth. Oran has travelled into the deepest part of the Amazon jungle to play music and pray with the Mayan’s in their ancient temples, to the pyramids in Egypt to unite nations with a cause for humanity and peace and to the far reaches of the east to Nepal where he inspired youth to implement positive change in their villages.

Oran lives by the words of Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited…while imagination embraces the entire world...” Oran is an advocate of using our uncommon sense to seek meaningful answers both personally and global