Kojo Antwi is still happy about his performance at the recent 10th annual Black Entertainment Television awards which nominated him in the Best International Act award category. For the Ghanaian Maestro, this goes a long way to tell how Ghanaian music has traveled along the road of recognition.
Kojo, was nominated for the Best International Act award alongside P'Square of Nigeria, K'naan of Somali origins, Estelle, M.I. and Sade of Nigerian origins. Other nominees in the category were Corrine Bailey Rae, Chipmunk and HHP; Hip Hop Pantsula.
The winner of the Best International Act award at the recently ended BET 2010 awards which was hosted by Queen Latifa was Dizzee Rascal. In Kojo Antwi's view, Dizzee Rascal's nomination and winning makes him proud to be a Ghanaian since it continues to put the name of Ghana out there in a positive way following the good showing of the Ghana Black Stars at the FIFA 2010 Soccer world cup in South Africa.
Dizzie Rascal, whose maiden name is Dylan Kwabena Mills was born in October 1985 to a Nigerian father and Ghanaian mother. The young Dylan lost his father at a very tender age and was raised by a single mother who started to encourage his love for music after Kwabena Mills at the tender age of 16 produced his first album in the UK, where he was born and raised.
The music man sees a lot of potential in the 24 year old British rapper who has a strong Ghanaian heritage. Kojo, who exclusively spoke to GhanaMusic.com also said he is very excited about his pending tour of the USA which begins early July 2010. He has promised to deliver quality performances that will endear him to his American fans along the east and west coast of the country.
Even though the music man lost out to Dizzie Rascal in the BET awards, he is busily making preparations towards his 7 state tour here in the USA which kicks off a day before Independence day when on July 3 Kojo Antwi storms New York. Special Kay Entertainment Inc, who are collaborating with Freedom Family Entertainment on the Kojo Antwi US Tour believes the Big Apple is a good place to start the maestro's tour as the city is known to have a large Kojo Antwi following.
The promoters of the Kojo Antwi tour are in high spirits and are of the strong faith that this show is going to be historic and successful too. From the Big Apple, Kojo will travel down to North Carolina where he will have a gig at Charlotte on Saturday July 10 before heading down to the DMV to take on Maryland in a weekend show on the 24th of July, 2010. After Maryland, Kojo heads out to Worchester in Massachusetts for another gig on the last weekend of July.
Then in the month of August, the Music Man will continue to take the US by storm when Atlanta Georgia tastes his music on August 7, 2010. He then heads to Chicago Illinois a week afterwards to do a gig with the Rainbow Tribe Band at the West Point Baptist Church. The last of Kojo Antwi's performance will be in Columbus Ohio where he brings the curtain down on his US tour on Saturday August 21 this year.
Special Kay Entertainment Inc and Freedom Family Entertainment who are making the US tour possible for Kojo Antwi say the Music Man will have various supporting artiste from Ghana moving and performing with him during the tour of the States. Some Ghanaian musicians and hip-life artistes who will be touring with Kojo are Koby Maxwell, Mad Fish and Paapa Shee among others.
The Ghanaian music maestro who recently released his 13th album in Ghana entitled Mwaaah says the new album is doing pretty good back home. He looks forward to receiving an equally good patronage of the album here in the States. This tour should hopefully ''make people aware of my continuos presence in the Ghana music scene'' believes the maestro.
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