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Ghanaian acclaimed rapper M.anifest interviewed his grandfather, Celebrated Ghanaian composer and world-renowned musicologist, Prof. Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia for the BBC.
The two music icons spoke about their individual musical journey and inspiration for their work.
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Born in Accra, Ghana as Kwame Tsikata, M.anifest is the grandson of 93 year old Prof. J.H Nketia, one of the leading ethnomusicologists and composers in Africa. M.anifest spent a decade (2001 – 2011) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where he cut his professional musical teeth. Upon his return to Ghana in December 2011, his unapologetically modern African musical identity quickly brought a notoriety across Africa.
He was described in 2015 by the Guardian (UK) as “the foremost rapper on the continent,” M.anifest’s originality and impressive lyricism has earned him collaborations with musical giants such as Tony Allen, Damon Albarn, Flea (Red hot Chili Peppers), Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, A.B Crentsil and more.
2014 saw a blossoming of M.anifest’s artistry, continental presence, and international credentials. He was chosen as the first artist featured on the BBC World Service Africa Beats program.
He joined British musical royalty Damon Albarn on a major tour of several countries in Europe and South America in the summer and fall.