While Hip-Hop has been long associated with its roots in America, there is a new class of African artists participating in the genre. Leading this new wave is 24-year-old musician Kwesi Arthur, a Hip-Hop and Afrobeats recording artist from Tema, Ghana.
Kwesi is currently the youngest Ghanaian to have a BET nomination—in the viewer’s choice category for Best New International Act in 2018. He exploded onto Ghana’s rap scene in 2016 with the bass-heavy trap anthem “Grind Day” which, two years later, won Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards for its remix with Sarkodie.
He has since then released Afro-swing tracks like “Anthem” and records like “African Girl” that explore afro-fusion sounds. Kwesi raps in both Twi and English and, in many ways, uses his music as a vessel to tell the tales of what other young Ghanaians face.
While he relishes his time in the spotlight, Kwesi Arthur recognises the fact that it has not been an easy journey and has expressed gratitude for where he is now.
“I must say, I am very grateful for how far I have come, the journey and everything has been amazing. I thank God for the grace and the people for the love,” he told Showbiz recently.
Speaking on his BET experience, the Anthem singer said, it is one he will never forget.
“That feeling is one that I am yet to get over because of the time it came. Again I am very grateful for how Ghana pushed me to the top. It feels really good to have all the love and support from your people,” he said.
In answer to how his journey has been so far, he said, “it has been great but not easy, it takes a lot of work and dedication to get to the top and that has been the drive.”
For the future Kwesi Arthur said, “the future is extremely bright, we are working on great things and we will take the world by storm.
“We are in the studio, working, working to make sure we bring out the best and nothing but the best. The fact that we are being hailed doesn’t mean we should be complacent, there are more fields to conquer.”