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M.Anifest

M.anifest

M.anifest born Kwame Ametepe Tsikata, November 20, 1982 is an award winning Ghanaian rapper and songwriter . He has worked with the likes of Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, and is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and The Moon album. He is the grandson of one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicogists and composers J.H. Kwabena Nketia. In 2012, BBC’s arts program The Strand radio tipped him as one of four acts to look out for in 2012. M.anifest won Best Rapper of the Year and Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards after having been nominated twice in 2012 and thrice in 2013. In 2015 M.anifest's single "someway bi" earned him a third place honor in the International Songwriters Competition ISC. In the same year The Guardian named M.anifest as "the foremost rapper on the continent.". M.anifest currently lives in Accra Madina and Minneapolis.M.anifest born Kwame Ametepe Tsikata, November 20, 1982 is an award winning Ghanaian rapper and songwriter . He has worked with the likes of Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, and is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and The Moon album. He is the grandson of one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicogists and composers J.H. Kwabena Nketia. In 2012, BBC’s arts program The Strand radio tipped him as one of four acts to look out for in 2012. M.anifest won Best Rapper of the Year and Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards after having been nominated twice in 2012 and thrice in 2013. In 2015 M.anifest's single "someway bi" earned him a third place honor in the International Songwriters Competition ISC. In the same year The Guardian named M.anifest as "the foremost rapper on the continent.". M.anifest currently lives in Accra Madina and Minneapolis.

Personal Life & Education

M.anifest is the Son of Ghanaian renowned lawyer and academic Tsatsu Tsikata. M.anifest migrated to the Twin Cities Minneapolis-St Paul in 2001 to attend Macalester College where he graduated in 2005 with a BA in economics.

Career

In his time in the Twin Cities M.anifest learnt to adopt the do-it-yourself credo and the know-how in becoming an independent musician. He released his first solo album, Manifestations, in 2007 funded by royalties he received from lending his voice to a Pepsi jingle that played nationally on U.S radio. Manifestations earned him Songwriter of the year Honors in the City Pages as well as top five albums of the year recognition in the Star Tribune. In 2009 he released a free album, the Birds and the Beats, to raise awareness and funds for the work of a non-profit, Young Entrepreneurs Africa.0

In 2010 M.anifest linked up with Africa Express and played gigs in France and Spain with them in the same year. He caught the attention of Africa Express co-founder Damon Albarn who thereafter invited M.anifest to be a collaborator on Rocket Juice & the Moon in 2011. In September 2012 M.anifest joined the historic Africa Express train touring the U.K.1 He wrote for the Huffington Post about his experiences with Africa Express.2

He released his sophomore album "Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America," in September 2011 which included the singles "Suffer," "Asa," and "Blue Chale What Dey Happen. It marked a decade of his life in the U.S and the beginning of his transition back to Ghana.3 In 2012 M.anifest began making major inroads in Africa performing on The Big Brother Africa stage4 as well at the Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa.5 The video for his single "Makaa Maka" also got him nominated for Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video at the 2012 Channel O Music Awards6 and won him Best Hip-Hop Video at the 4syte Music Video Awards.7

M.anifest has had an eclectic creative output; he produced and co-wrote an independence mini Hip-Hopera8 for Channel O and also performed a highly praised piece,9 at the first ever Ghana Music Week, detailing the history of Ghanaian music. M.anifest is co-founder of Giant Steps,0 an interactive conference for entrepreneurial creatives and creative entrepreneurs. He’s also featured in the feature-length documentary We Rock Long Distance1 by filmmaker Justin Schell.

 

Awards

  • Best Rapper of the year 2013 - Ghana Music Award
  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year 2013 - Ghana Music Awards
  • Best Hip-Hop Video - 4syte Music Video Awards
  • Minnesota Emerging composer Award MECA 2010 - American Composers Forum2
  • Songwriter of the Year 2008 - City Pages

Discography

Albums

  • Nowhere Cool TBA
  • Apae: the price of free EP 2013
  • Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America 2011
  • The Birds and the Beats Free Mixtape, 2009
  • Manifestations 2007

Singles

  • god MC (2016)
  • W'ani Aba feat. Bisa Kdei (2016)
  • No Shortcut to Heaven ft. Obrafour (2014)
  • Jigah ft. HHP (2014)
  • Someway Bi (2013)
  • Mind Games (2013)
  • Ebei (2013)
  • Blue Chale What Dey Happen (2012)
  • Makaa Maka (2012)
  • Asa feat. Efya (2012)
  • Suffer (2011)
  • Coming to America (2011)
  • Gentleman (2007)
  • Babylon Breakdown (2007)

Features

  • Kindness ft. M.anifest - 8th Wonder 2014
  • Proverb ft. M.anifest - Proverb's Manifest 2014
  • Dee Moneey ft. M.anifest, Ice Prince, PaedaeR2bees, JTown, Reminisce - Finish Line Remix 2014
  • Camp Mulla ft. M.anifest - All in 2013
  • E.L ft. M.anifest - Hallelujah 2013
  • Lyricalwaanzam ft. M.anifest - For sheygey reasons 2013
  • Bodi ft. M.anifest & Team Dharma - Hercules 2013
  • Sedem ft. M.anifest - Falling in Love2014
  • Obrafour ft. M.anifest - Odasani 2014

Collaborations

  • A.R.M Budo, Krudid, M.anifest - Two Africans and a Jew EP 2011
  • A.R.M Budo, Krudid, M.anifest ft Brother Ali - Heaven Only Knows 2009
  • S&M Sarah White & M.anifest - Losing My Religion 2010
By Patrick Ansah 18/07/2016 10:25:00
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