His rise in the Ghanaian music industry has not been a surprise to keen observers; Okyeame Kwame showed signs of his creativity in the early days as a member of the duo Akyeame.
In one of his songs, he rapped about being the favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Few can begrudge Kwame Nsiah Apau for making that statement because over the years his music has fueled the emotions on many.His lyrics have spoken volumes to the masses and the rhythms he churns out has kept Ghana and the world dancing.
Born on 17th April 1976, the rapper has had an exceptional career and personal life, making him a role model for many.
An exceptional musician, Kwame has gradually cemented his position as one of the finest media moguls in Ghana. His philanthropy has transformed lives and the mention of his name lights up dull souls.
He came to prominence in the late 90s as one half of the hip-life group Akyeame with friend and group member Okyeame Qofi. They enjoyed six years of success releasing 4 albums until in 2003, Kwame and his partner in rhyme/close friend, Qofi, decided to try their hands at solo careers. In 2004, he began his solo career and saw even more success this way as his career quickly skyrocketed. In 2009, Okyeame Kwame snared the much-coveted “Artiste of the Year” in the GMAs as well as Joy FMs Nite With The Stars Awards.
He attended the Kumasi Anglican Secondary School and concluded at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he read Akan & Sociology and graduated as a linguist.
He is currently Married proud father of 2 children and does his best to educate and instill with the same values he places in his music.
Okyeame Kwame is the CEO of One Mic Entertainment.
Over the years, Okyeame Kwame has collaborated with a slew of artists in the Ghanaian music industry. He is arguably the Hip-life artiste with the most collaborations, having songs with legends as well as up and comers. His feature list includes Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Oheneba Kissi, Dasebre Dwamena, Kwabena Kwabena, Obour, Tinny, Asem, Bradez, Old Soldier, Ofori Amponsah, Kofi Nti, Kofi Bee, Olu Mantain, Israel Nation, Morris D’voice, Tattoo, Samini, Richie, Jay Ghartey, Akatakyie, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah and a host of others.
International stages have carried his weight. Global audiences have been electrified by his craft.
In 1999, he performed at the world famous Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York, the Constitution hall in Washington DC and finally STRATSFORD Rex, London.
He astounded the African audience on the Big Brother Africa reality show.
Video: Okyeame Kwame at MOGO 2013
His self-produced The Versatile Showhas been cited by many industry legends as Ghana’s finest concert of the decade.
Presently, the PRO for the Musicians Union of Ghana, Kwame and the management of the union ensure that the ultimate welfare of the industry is attended to.
He has so far released 7 albums (4 while with the group Akyeame and 3 solo) and is currently working to his next album. As Akyeame, Nyansapo in 1997, Nkonsonkonson in 1998, Ntoaso in 2000 and Apam Foforo in 2002.
His solo albums include Bohyeba in 2005, M’anwensem (My Poetry) in 2008, The Clinic in 2011 and the Versatile Show in 2012. His records were also featured on the Sony Africa Music Compilation in 2010. He is currently working on the African Connection album which he hopes to release in 2015.
Kwame’s versatility is felt in other areas in showbizness. He’s featured in several big screen films. His catalogue includes Ties that bind, The comforter and Amsterdam diary.
Okyeame Kwame has been a spokesperson for several brands, both local and international; his endorsements include MTN & Coca Cola. He is also a Hepatitis B Ambassador for the Ghana Health Service.
He founded the Okyeame Kwame Foundation, a non-governmental organization to administer free Hepatitis B screening, educate, counsel and create awareness about the disease via entertainment.
He is set to thrill patrons on Friday at the MOGO Dance Party.
The MOGO Dance Party is sponsored by the National Lotteries Authority – development through games, Engen Ghana Limited – with us you are number one – and supported by Alisa Hotels, and powered by Citi 97.3 FM.
By: Kojo Akoto Boateng/citifmonline.com/Ghana