Okyeame Kwame, arguably one of Ghana’s best hiplife artistes, is set to perform on this year’s grand MOGO (Music of Ghanaian Origin) stage.
The artiste was a guest on Friday’s edition of the Citi Breakfast show with Bernard Avle.
He revealed interestingly in the interview that he started doing music at the tender age of 5. Okyeame went on to say that his mum taught poems in his childhood, which he recited to the people of his Ashtown neighbourhood in Kumasi.
His love for ‘Bogga’ highlife led him and his former music partner, Okyeame Kofi to start the group ‘Akyeame’.
The musician explained that their style of music was generated as a deliberate attempt to be different from the ‘Grandpapa’ Reggie Rockstone. Their lyrics were laced with hip-hop, Michael Jackson beats and ‘Kete’ rhythms. The first and second albums that the group recorded were ‘Brebre Obaa Hemaa’ and ‘Mensan aba’ respectively.
Every successful individual who has ever made it has definitely had their fair share of failure. The rap doctor reminisced his days after sixth form when he ‘lost his way’ and didn’t heed to the advice of his father to continue with his education. According to him, the fame and fortune had evaporated and there was nothing to write home about. The duo went to America with Daddy Lumba for three years to recuperate after their financial fix.
This is however a thing of the past as Okyeame Kwame had a comeback even though the group split. For many years, he has put a superb indelible melodious mark in the hearts of millions of Ghanaians. He accounts his success to his beautiful wife.
Akyeame received guidance by talented music producer, Mark Okraku Mantey and Earl Ankrah in their formation years. “Rap is poetry in motion”, he reiterated during his interview. He also stated that his friendship with Okyeame Kofi began after they met during a ‘lose to pay’ gambling game in Kumasi.
When asked to express his thoughts on the current music industry, he stated that one of his favorites was M.anifest, another talented lyricist changing the face of Ghanaian music. “M.anifest is incredible; he’s one of the best rappers in the world. I believe M.anifest may be the first Ghanaian rapper to taste the success of global music,” he added.
Okyeame Kwame left the show with many impressed listeners. Guests should expect a spectacular performance from the ‘Rap doctor’.