Meet the Takoradi born Ghanaian musician and songwriter, Kofi Kinaata.
This sensational Ghanaian star is best known as the Fante rap master, Kofi Kinaata is one of the country’s unique artistes.
Kofi who maintains that he is an “upcoming star” has been managed by Tony Pan CEO of High Grade Family since 2013.
Here is everything you need to know about the star amiable star:
His real name is Martin King Arthur but popularly known as Kofi Kinaata.
Born into a Christian home, his father was a minister who taught Bible study in church.
Kofi was raised in Effiakuma, a residential town in the Western Region of Ghana.
He completed his secondary education at Takoradi technical institute where he generated a huge fan base.
The rap star was involved in many competitions on several radio stations and entertainment platforms. Kofi Kinaata was the 1st runner up for the Melody FM Kasahari Battle in 2009.
One distinct feature that sets a rapper apart from the others is his clarity of words. More than the poetic quality and pace of the rendition, rap music makes little or no sense if the audience cannot grab the lyrics. Kofi Kinaata is one of the best Ghanaian rappers with this quality which is why many love him and his songs. This earned him the title of the Fante Rap Gad (FRG).
“I make my words so clear that those who cannot even speak Fante can understand clearly what I am saying.”
“My fans always wanted to hear what I was saying and kept it simple and clear, so it was not surprising most people like my rap on Castro’s Odo Pa.”
The clarity of words are evident in his works like Susuka, Confession and Onnyi Chorus.
Barely 3 years in the industry the rapper who does more songs in the Highlife/Hiplife genre has become of the leading artistes in Ghana having worked alongside big shots like Samini, Kwaw Kese, Castro and Sarkodie.
During one of his local performances for Takoradi community his path crossed with Castro. In time he had his break in the music industry.
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With his classy rap talent, Kofi chooses not to go all the way western as 90% of his music pieces represents Ghana and Africa at large.
As a signature style, he uses his local language and creatively infuses traditional African proverbs in his lyrics.
The self-acclaimed “king of punchlines” gave Fante people something to be happy about when he released his 2015 Made In Taadi. The song showcased their annual Ankos Christmas Festival.
Kofis’ Susuka appears to be the hottest of all his songs. The star says his father was the inspiration behind the award winning song. His father’s view was that modern music were loud and empty. So, he did the song to change his perception.
The motivational song earned him the Vodafone Ghana Music Award and became one of the most watched videos from the Western Region on Youtube, hitting 1 million views.
Growing up, the star who is a reggae fan said he listened so much to Joseph Hill’s songs. By so doing he appreciated his message of peace, love and unity.
In the same way he always wants to serve his fans the very best. So the artiste says he feels challenged to do better than his previous works and does not bank on past glory.
In all he says he is motivated by Amy Newman, a gospel artiste.
Kofi Kinaata clinched 3 different awards at the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards – Highlife Song of the Year for his song Confession; Songwriter of the Year and Highlife Artiste of the Year.
In 2016, he won the Song Writer of the Year and Best New Artiste of the Year awards in the same platform.
The song “Confession” which was released last year in December appealed to the entire country, making it one of the best songs of the year. Sharing semblance with Carrie Underwood’s Jesus Take The Wheel, the song was used as the 2017 theme song by the Minority party (NDC).