Kwesi Arthur

Emmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur Junior (born 18 December, 1994), better known as Kwesi Arthur, is a rapper and musician from Tema ,Ghana. He was nominated for Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards.[1][2] He is currently considered one of the best young artists in Ghana, and Africa.[3][2] He became the second Ghanaian rapper to be nominated for BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher after Sarkodie’s nomination in 2019.[4]

Kwesi Arthur
Kwesi Arthur performing at Alliance Francais.
Kwesi Arthur performing at Alliance Francais.
Background information
Birth nameEmmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur Junior
Also known asMisty
Born (1994-12-18) 18 December 1994 (age 25)
Tema, Ghana
OriginGhana
GenresHip hop, Afrobeats
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2016–present
LabelsGround up
Associated acts

Early life and educationEdit

Kwesi Arthur was born in Tema to Ghanaian parents. Kwesi is the second of 4 kids. He has a two brothers, one of which is also a musician (Dayonthetrack) and a sister. He has lived in Tema all his life and went to the Tema Secondary school which he completed in 2013. Kwesi could not make it to the university because of finances so he resorted to working in a studio called XLC studios in community 9 Tema where he learnt to record and produce music.

Music careerEdit

Kwesi Arthur began to pursue a career in music after listening to Drake's debut album, Thank Me Later.[5]

In 2015, he released the lead single "Grind Day" from his debut EP, Live from Nkrumah Krom (2017). The record was released under his independent outfit and supported by a social movement called GroundUp Chale. He later released the remix for "Grind Day", featuring Sarkodie and Medikal.[6]

Kwesi Arthur has collaborated with numerous Ghanaian musician, including Sarkodie, Medikal, KiDi, Jason E LA, R2Bees, B4bonah, M3dal, M.anifest, EL, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale and South African rapper Nasty C . He was nominated for Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards.[7][2]

DiscographyEdit

EPsEdit

  • Live from Nkrumah Krom (2017)
  • Live from Nkrumah Krom Vol II Home Run (2019)[8]

SinglesEdit

Year Title Production credit Ref
2017 Grind Day Kayso [9]
Grind Day Remix feat Medikal and Sarkodie (rapper) [10]
2018 Anthem Barking by Ramz
2018 Woara (meaning - It Is You) Shotto Blinkz [11]
2018 Don't Keep Me Waiting feat Kidi NytWulf [12]
2019 Zombie TwoBars [13]

Awards and nominationEdit

Ghana Music AwardsEdit

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref
2018 Himself Hip Hop Song of the Year Won[14] [15]
Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste of the Year Nominated
New Artiste of the Year Nominated

BET AwardsEdit

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref
2018 Himself Viewers Choice Best International Act Nominated [16]

3 Music AwardsEdit

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref
2019 Himself Hip Hop Song of the Year Nominated [17]
Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste of the Year Nominated
Hiplife/Hip Hop Act of the Year Nominated
Song of The Year Nominated
Music Man of The Year Nominated
Breakthrough Act Nominated
Digital Act of the Year Nominated
Hiplife Song of the year Nominated
Best Collaboration Won

VideographyEdit

Year Title Director Ref
2017 Grind Day[18] Mickey Johnson [19]
2017 Grind Day Remix[20] Lex Maccarthy [21]
2018 Anthem Akwaada Nyame [22]
2018 Woara Yaw Skyface [23]
2018 Don't Keep Me Waiting feat Kidi Andy Madjitey [24]
2018 Fever feat Rayf RocxNoir [25]
2019 Nobody feat Mr Eazi Yaw Skyface [26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BET Awards: Kwesi Arthur gets nomination in Viewers' Choice category". Citi Newsroom. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "My mum wanted me to do gospel music—Kwesi Arthur". 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ "2018 BET Awards: Kwesi Arthur grateful after losing award". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Kwesi Arthur Reps Ghana at 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher". GhanaNotes.com. 20 October 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Video: I slept in a kiosk with my parents, siblings – Kwesi Arthur". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  6. ^ Mawuli, David. "10 things you didn't know about Kwesi Arthur". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  7. ^ "BET Awards: Kwesi Arthur gets nomination in Viewers' Choice category". Citi Newsroom. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Fans go wild for Kwesi Arthur's new album 'LFNKII – Home Run'". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  9. ^ Zurek, Kweku. "VIDEO: Meet "Grind Day" hit maker Kwesi Arthur". Graphic Online. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Kwesi Arthur features Sarkodie, Medikal on 'Grind Day' remix". ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Kwesi Arthur – Woara (God Engineering) (Prod. by Shotto Blingx)". ghanamotion.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  12. ^ Mawuli, David. "Kwesi Arthur drops "Don't Keep Me Waiting" feat KiDi". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Kwesi Arthur – Zombie (Prod. by TwoBars)". afrosages.com. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Full list of winners at 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards". Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  15. ^ Anno-Kumi, Kwaku. "Hearts of Oak congratulate Kwesi Arthur on VGMA nominations". Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Rap artiste get Ghana first 2018 BET nomination". BBC News Pidgin. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  17. ^ "3Music Awards 2019: Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Kwesi Arthur top nomination list". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Kwesi Arthur – Grind Day (Prod. by KaySo) • urbanroll". urbanroll.com.gh. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Kwesi Arthur – Grind Day (Official Video)". ghanamotion.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  20. ^ Pulse. "Video: Kwesi Arthur – Grind Day Remix feat. Sarkodie & Medikal". pulse.com.gh. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  21. ^ "VIDEO: Kwesi Arthur Ft. Sarkodie x Medikal – Grind Day (Remix) | 360Nobs.com". www.360nobs.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  22. ^ "VIDEO: The Anthem – Kwesi Arthur – Proudly Ghanaian! | EnewsGH". Proudly Ghanaian! | EnewsGH. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  23. ^ Mawuli, David. "Music Video: Kwesi Arthur – Woara (God Engineering)". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Kwesi Arthur x Kidi – Don't Keep Me Waiting (Official Video) • urbanroll". urbanroll.com.gh. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  25. ^ dcleakers. "Rayf & Kwesi Arthur – Fever (Official Video) | DCLeakers". www.dcleakers.com. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  26. ^ Mensah, Jeffrey (29 April 2019). "Kwesi Arthur wipes Efia Odo's Junior US shame with his Nobody music video". Yen.com.gh – Ghana news. Retrieved 10 May 2019.