Dennis Nana Dwamena, better known as KiDi, (born August 18, 1993) is a Ghanaian high-life and afrobeats singer-songwriter. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment and is best known for his hit single Odo. The remix features Nigerian superstars Mayorkun and Davido and has received massive airplay across Africa.[1] KiDi won the coveted 'Artiste of the Year' award at the 2022 Ghana Music Awards[2] He also won top awards including Album of the Year and Most Popular Song of the Year[3]

KiDi
KiDi 2018 Ghana Music Awards.jpg
KiDi at 2018 Ghana Music Awards
Background information
Birth nameDennis Nana Dwamena
Also known asSugar Daddy and Mr.Badman
Born (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 28)
Accra, Ghana
GenresAfro pop, Highlife, Afrobeats
Occupation(s)Singer,song writer, Beat maker
Years active2016–present
LabelsLynx Entertainment Made In East New York
WebsiteLynx Entertainment Website (Official)

Early lifeEdit

KiDi was born Dennis Nana Dwamena[4] on 18 August 1993 in Accra, Ghana to Gerald and Beatrice Thompson. He has two younger brothers, Phillip and Elliot. He received his primary school education at St. Anthony's School in Accra and proceeded to Accra Academy for his Senior High School education. He then went on to the University of Ghana Legon, where he graduated in 2016 with a degree in Economics and Information Studies.

Music careerEdit

Early beginnings and breakthroughEdit

While studying Economics and Information Studies at the University of Ghana, KiDi's love for music led him to perform on various "Moonlight Café" platforms – a production that supports underground artistes and gives them a platform to display their talents. He also recorded covers of popular songs. In 2015, KiDi took a leap of faith by joining the MTN Hitmaker competition.[5] He went on to win the competition and was later signed to Lynx Entertainment.[6] KiDi shot to prominence in 2017 when he released "Say You Love Me" a song he not only composed but also arranged and produced. KiDi established himself as one of the fastest rising stars in Ghana when he released yet another chart-topper titled "Odo" in July 2017, the remix with Nigerian artist Davido and Mayorkun in December 2017, and Adiepena in April 2018.[1]

ArtistryEdit

KiDi has mounted several stages including 2017 Rapperholic Concert,[7] Ghana Music Honors 2017 Edition, December to Remember 2017,[8] S Concert 2017,[9] the 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show in March 2018 at the Indigo 02 in London.[10] He has performed on the same stage as many award-winning African artists including Sarkodie, Samini, Shatta Wale, MzVee, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, Efya, and Patoranking. KiDi has also produced several tracks for other artists and co-produced with award-winning Ghanaian producer, Richie Mensah. He has also written for Ghanaian acts including the award-winning MzVee and Adina and has collaborated with artists such as Tic tac, Ko-Jo Cue, Magnom and Kwesi Arthur. KiDi received 6 nominations[11] at the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards including ‘Best New Artiste’, ‘Afro-pop Song of the Year’ and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and went on to win the award for ‘High-life Song of the Year’ at the awards[12] in April 2018. He was crowned as the Artiste of the 5th Edition of the 3Music award[13][14][15][16] and VGMA 2022.[17][18][19][20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Work Result
2017 4syte Music Video Awards Best Discovery Video Ɔdɔ Nominated[21]
2018 Ghana Music Awards Highlife Song of the Year Won[12]
Afropop Song of the Year Say You Love Me Nominated[11]
Highlife Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated[11]
Best Male Vocalist Ɔdɔ Nominated[11]
Best New Artiste Himself Nominated[11]
Song of the Year Ɔdɔ Nominated[11]
Ghana Music Awards (UK) Artist of the Year Himself Nominated[22]
Highlife Artist of the Year Nominated[23]
Best Male Vocalist Ɔdɔ Nominated[23]
Highlife Song of the Year Himself Nominated[23]
Best New Artist of the Year Nominated[23]
3Music Awards Male Act of the Year Nominated[24]
Breakout Act of the Year Nominated[24]
Song of the Year Ɔdɔ Nominated[25]
Most eventful Snapchat channel Himself Won[26]
AFRIMA Best Artiste Duo or Group in Africa Contemporary Won[27]
2019 Ghana Music Awards Highlife Artist of the Year Nominated[28]
Best Male Vocalist Won[29]
Song of the Year Thunder Nominated[28]
Highlife Song of the Year Nominated[28]
3Music Awards Best Male Vocal Performance Fakyɛ Me (meaning-Forgive Me) Won[30]
3Music Awards (UK) Highlife Act of the Year Himself Nominated[30]
Album Sugar Nominated[30]
4syte TV Music Video Awards Best Edited Video Cinderella Nominated[31]
Best Male Adiepɛna Nominated[31]
Best Highlife Nominated[31]
Best Collaboration Mr. Badman Nominated[31]
2020 Ghana Music Awards Highlife Artist of the Year Himself Nominated[32]
Afrobeats Song of the Year Mr Badman Nominated[32]
Male Vocalist of the Year Himself Nominated[32]
Best Collaboration of the Year Ɔhemaa (with Kuami Eugene) Nominated[32]
Best Collaboration of the Year Mr Badman (ft Kwesi Arthur) Nominated[32]
Album of the Year Sugar Won[32]
International Collaboration of the Year Cinderella (ft Mayorkun & Peruzzi) Nominated[32]
International Collaboration of the Year Sugar Daddy (ft Mr Eazi) Nominated[32]
Most Popular Song of the Year Mr Badman Nominated[32]
2021 3Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Won[33]
EP of the Year BLUE Won[33]
Song of the Year Enjoyment Won[33]
Afro Beat Song of the Year Enjoyment Won[33]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated[34]
Afrobeat/Afropop Song of the Year "Say Cheese" Won[35]
Most Popular Song of the Year "Say Cheese" Nominated[36]
Most Popular Song of the Year "Enjoyment" Nominated[37]
Afrobeat/Afropop Artist of the Year Himself Won[38]
EP of the Year "Blue" Won[39]
Collaboration of the Year "One Man" (ft Adina) Nominated[40]
Best Male Vocal Performance Himself Nominated[41]
Best Highlife Song "Enjoyment" Won[42]
2022 The Headies Awards Best West African Artiste of the Year KiDi Nominated[43]

ReferencesEdit

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