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    Best rapper alive - Okyeame Kwame

    by Nii Atakora Mensah, Ghana Music.com
    posted Saturday, 17 April 2010 14:56| 0 Comments

    Okyeame Kwame holds the distinction of being the first hiplife artiste (Akyeame) to win the first ever held Ghana Music Awards in 2000.

    He still holds the record as the only hiplife artiste to have his lyrics and poems studied in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology and University Of Education, Winneba. Okyeame Kwame should be in his retiring stage but he comes back after ten years to win Artiste of the Year in 2009.

    On the nite of April 4th 2009, it was declared that Okyeame Kwame, one of Ghana’s hiplife artiste was the victor of the MTN Ghana Music Awards ‘Artiste of the Year’.

    Okyeame Kwame first appeared on the music scene with Okyeame Quophi  as the ‘Akyeame’ music group. He later became an independent artiste releasing 3 other projects, while receiving high marks from critics, fans and those in the Ghanaian music industry.

    Ghana Music.com reports that Okyeame Kwame is taking time off music a little bit to finish school very hard hopefully this year.

    Ghana is not the only part of Africa that is sitting up and taking notice of Okyeame Kwame’s music, he has been to South Africa, Italy, UK and more for his energy performances. He is a performer’s performer and a musician’s musician.

    Ghana Music.com: You've had an unbelievable success as a singer/songwriter - winning the 2009 Ghana Music Awards for ‘Artiste of the Year’. Did you ever imagine your career would take off like this?

    Okyeame Kwame: Yes. Honestly, I owe it God.  But I want to cause a social change affecting lives of people.

    Ghana Music.com: What were your very first thoughts when you heard your name announced as the ultimate winner of the Ghana Music Awards?

    Okyeame Kwame: I pinched myself. I remembered Samini delayed in announcing it and people started leaving their seats, so I thought they had scrapped the Artiste of the Year and made Artiste of the Decade as the highest award until George Andah came on stage to unveil me as the ‘Artiste of the Year’.

    Ghana Music.com: 2009 was very special year for you as you received so many awards. What do you expect to achieve in 2010?

    Okyeame Kwame: All artistes on the One Mic Entertainment record label would be causing a good positive social change in the society soon. Also hope to do more pidgin songs so people who are not Ghanaians can be able to understand my songs. I want to make more babies and leave a modest life because am 34 years which will have a positive impact on my fans.

    Ghana Music.com: Is there one piece of music advice from your dad that has helped you the most in your career or in life?

    Okyeame Kwame: Yes, there is. Before I left to USA in 1999 and I intended to work and make a leaving there. But my dad told me that the music that me and Okyeame Quophi had started was a good thing and that if things did not work out well, I should come back and continue. With what he said that’s why am back here in Ghana.

    Ghana Music.com: In most of your intro songs you identify yourself as the “Best Rapper Alive”? Would you like to comment on that?

    Okyeame Kwame: I have been doing this since 1992, 18 years I have been rapping. I have studied my craft carefully and positioned myself as the best rapper. The best rappers that I truly know of are dead which are 2 Pac and Biggie.

    Ghana Music.com: So how do you cope with university workload and being an artist?

    Okyeame Kwame: It’s so hard and this is not to discourage anybody who wants to do music and be schooling. I always leave on the first flight back to Kumasi when am in Accra over the weekend. But the bottom line is my time management which I do it well and find some things in life important. My lecturers also know my busy schedules and are also lenient to me.

    Ghana Music.com: Of all your own songs, do you have a favourite? Which song is it? Why is it your favourite?

    Okyeame Kwame: It’s ‘Kwame Ghana’ and it would be because of its ‘diatic’ features it had in the song and the angle I wrote it but at the same time it’s sad lots of DJs don’t play it.

    Ghana Music.com: At what age did you realize music was your thing and when did you decide to go into it big time?

    Okyeame Kwame: I see my talent as poetry. It was in 1992 that I started rapping. I’m 34 years now and glad I can carve words and people will like it.

    Ghana Music.com: Do you have any favourite young artiste at the moment?

    Okyeame Kwame: Yes, its Reggie Zippy.

    Ghana Music.com: We understand singing isn't your only talent. Friends have been telling us that you a master in the kitchen. What are your favorite meals you cook?

    Okyeame Kwame: When I was forced to leave alone I used to cook a lot. But now that am married and maybe when my wife is not around and she has prepared soup for me. I go in to kitchen to do my own fufu flour and heat the soup. But naturally I love fufu a lot.

    Ghana Music.com: What are your upcoming music projects?

    Okyeame Kwame: Getting done with Morris D’voice (Morris Baby face) music video for “Shame On You” and also putting Tattoo’s album on the market. I hope to be done with school by 6th May of this year.

    Ghana Music.com: Is there anyone you’d love to write for that you haven’t yet?

    Okyeame Kwame: There are certain great songs that I have written down. But I would like to write a love song for Kojo Antwi . A love song from the youthful angle.

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