Cwesi Oteng, often touted as the new sound of gospel music, is one of Ghana’s leading gospel/ inspirational music artistes.Based in the Harbour City of Tema, Cwesi is a recording and performing artiste, songwriter, inspirational icon, creative directorandmotivational speaker who has the call of bringing God’s message of hope, love, peace, transformation and care for humanity upon him. He fulfils this call through his music and social projects.
Cwesi Oteng’s music reflects his passion, soul and Ghanaian or African background. However, it is the idea to do away with boundaries relating to race, culture, geographic associations and music genres together with the passion to serve his generation and impact the world positively that Cwesi has resolved not to limit his music gift and its delivery.
His music has that unique fusions signature ofurban or western contemporary sound mixedwithstrong cross-cultural African rhythmsover dynamic vocals that are laced with thought-provoking messages very relevant to current times and appealing to all, especially the youth.
Cwesi has been garnering attention all over Africa and the world at large since 2010 when he re-structured his music brandto be project based and focused mainly at reaching out to the youth. He released his first hit single, ‘Mercy (But for Your Mercy)’, off his highly anticipatedMercy Project album, finallyreleased on 30thSeptember 2012.
Many accolades began pouring in since ‘Mercy’ was released and have continuedcoming with the release of subsequent hit singles, ‘God Dey Bless Me’, ‘Kabiyesi’ and ‘Love Me So’ all in 2012.The accolades earned by the ‘Mercy (But for Your Mercy)’ and ‘God Dey Bless Me’ hit singles alone and their videos have built for Cwesi a very influential image as one of the most attractive gospel music brands raising the flag of Ghanaian gospel music so high.
Some of the recognition and honours Cwesi has received include:
-Ranked No.11 on the World Top 20 Gospel Songs of 2012 according to Gospel Innovation, USA (‘God Dey Bless Me Song)
-Video of the Year: 2012 Africa Gospel Music Awards (‘God Dey Bless Me’ video)
-Best Gospel Video: 2012 MTN-4Syte Music Video Awards, Ghana (‘God Dey Bless Me’ video)
-Best African Song: 2012 Ghana Gospel Music Awards (‘Mercy’ song)
-Best New Artiste of the Year: 2011 Ghana Gospel Industry Awards
-Best Gospel Video at the 2011 Vodafone-4syte Music Video Awards, Ghana (‘Mercy’ video)
-‘Best Lyrics for a Most Wanted Song’: 2011 Christian Community Music Awards (‘Mercy’ song)
-Multiple nominations at the 2011Africa Gospel Music Awards (including Discovery of the Yearand Video of the Year)
-Multiple nominations at the 2012 Africa Gospel Music (including Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Artiste of the Year West Africa)
Signed to the youthful BBnZ Live label in January 2013, CwesiOteng is en route to having an incredible year this year as he guns for six awards at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) slated for 18th May at the AICC. He is nominated in the categories: Overall Artiste of the Year, Gospel Artiste of the Year, Overall Album of the Year, Video of the Year, Gospel Album of the Year and Gospel Song of the Year, obviously for his avant-garde contribution to the gospel music scene in Ghana by way of the distinct quality music and videos he churned out in the year under review that brought him into the limelight after having broken through onto many prestigious music platforms including ones hitherto did not allow gospel music.
On the same night, he will be ministering on stage at the Ghana Christian Council’s Christian Community Music Awards dubbed the Most Wantedat the National Theatre where he has three nominations: Contemporary Gospel Song of the Year (God Dey Bless Me), Praise Song of the Year (Kabiyesi) and Inspirational Song of the Year (God Dey Bless Me).
Cwesi’s freshest single in 2013,’ I Win’ released early this year is now a motivational anthem receiving huge plaudits all over Africa and abroad mostly in UK and US. He is billed among the headline artistes for the 2013 Africa Gospel Music Awards slated for July 6 in London.