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Biography of Kofi Kinaata

Kofi Kinaata

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Kofi Kinaata
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Background information
Birth name Martin King Arthur
Also known as Fante Rap God
Born Effiakuma – TakoradiGhana
Genres HighlifeHiplife
Occupation(s) SingerRapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active (2009–present)
Labels High Grade Family
Associated acts Samini, Kaakie, Kwaw KesePappy KojoSarkodie
Martin King Arthur popularly known as Kofi Kinaata is a Ghanaian musician and songwriter from Takoradi.[1] He is noted for his fante rap and freestyle and therefore known as the Fante Rap God (FRG).[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Kofi Kinaata was born and raised in Effiakuma, a residential town in the Western Region of Ghana. He completed his secondary education at the Takoradi Technical Institute.[3][4]

Music career[edit]

Just after High school, Kofi Kinaata was the 1st runner up for the Melody FM Kasahari Battle in 2009.[5] He is noted for his lyrical dexterity in terms of unique rhyme schemes and humorous Fante rap style with a touch of traditional African proverbs in his local language to entertain and educate morally.[6][7]

Made in Taadi[edit]

In December 2015, he released a song “Made In Taadi” which was a jam for most Fante people due to the link to their famous “Ankos” (Fancy dress and Masqueraders Xmas Carnival) annual festival which happens during Christmas.[8]

Confession[edit]

In 2016 he released yet another banger in December, “Confession” with most people relating the song to “Jesus Take The Wheel“.[9][10]
The song became Avram Grant‘s favourite Ghanaian track as at the time it was released. He told Bola Ray in his last interview before he retired as a Ghana Black Stars Coach.[11]
Kinaata’s “Confession” was used in 2017 as the theme song by the Minority party (NDC) as a tease to the majority in parliament (NPP) to describe the state of the nation after the President and Speaker of Parliament have their address, that God should come and take the national wheel.[12][13]
The Ghana Black Stars also danced a “Confession” group dance as a form of celebration anytime they score a goal during the AFCON 2017 Tournament.[14][15]
In the same year, the lyrics of confession, was featured by a lecturer in a Level 200 first Semester course (Poems for English Literature 263) Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.[16][17][18]
The song received considerable playtime and moved to the Top 10 songs in 2016. He won the Song Writer of the Year and Best New Artiste of the Year awards at the 2016 edition of the Ghana Music awards.[19]

Collaborations[edit]

Kofi Kinaata has done major collaborations with artistes such as; SarkodieJaysoCastroBecca among others.[20][21] One major collaboration that blew him to the mainstream and lamplight was “Odo Pa” by Castro which featured Kinaata and Ghana Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan. The track was a hit all over the continent and won awards locally and internationally.[22][23] Castro was a god-father and an inspiration to him since he grew up seeing him, and help him with his entry in the industry.[24][25][26][27]

Management[edit]

Samini and Tony Pun signed Kofi Kinaata unto the Samini Music/ High Grade Family record label in 2013.[28][29][30][31][32][33][34]

Videography[edit]

Year Title Director Ref
2013 Odo Pa (as a featured artiste with Castro and Asamoah Gyan) Nana Kofi Asihene [35]
2014 Oh Azaay Prince Dovlo [36]
2015 Susuka Xbills Ebenezer [37]
The Crusade (with Donzy) Yaw Skyface [38]
2016 This Year ft Samini Prince Dovlo [39]
2017 Confession Yaw Skyface [40]
Last Show [41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient / Nominated work Result Ref
2016 AELA Awards Fast Rising Artist Himself Nominated [42]
AFRIMMA Awards New Comer Award Nominated [43][44]
Ghana Music Awards Writer of the Year Susuka Won [45]
Best New Artiste of the Year Himself Won [46][47]
Central Music Awards Most Popular song in Ghana Susuka Won [48]
Ghana Music Awards UK Best New Act Himself Won [49][50]
2017 Ghana Music Honors Best Hiplife Act Won [51][52]
Ghana Entertainment Awards Best Highlife Act Won [53][54]
Western Music Awards Artiste of the Year Won [55][48]
Highlife Artiste of the Year Won [48]
Ghana Music Awards Highlife song of the Year Confession Won [56]
Songwriter of the Year Won [57][58]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Production credit Ref
2014 Onnyi Chorus Oilcity Vybez [59]
Oh Azaay Dr Ray [60]
2015 Made In Taadi WillisBeatz [61]
Susuka Kin Dee [62]
The Crusade (with Donzy) Seshi [63]
2016 My Level KinDee [64]
Time No Dey [65]
Sweetie Pie [66]
2017 Confession [67]
Last Show WillisBeatz [68]
Single and Free [69]
Play Dr Ray [70]

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