The iconic Tema born rapper Emmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur Junior, famously known by his stage name Kwesi Arthur, is the leader of the new wave of young musicians in Ghana. As an artist, his 2019 was painted with consistent music releases, collaborations, and unforgettable live performances.
From listening and getting inspiration from Drake’s 2010 album "Thank Me Later," ten years down the line, Kwesi Arthur has proven to be the “African Drake.” As a fast-rising rapper and singer, we take a close look at Kwesi Arthur songs 2019, musical awards, celebrity headliners, among other Kwesi Arthur latest news, that make him the man to watch in 2020.
1. Kwesi Arthur goes back home, Tema
On 26th August 2019, the people of Tema, the neighborhood that raised Kwesi, welcomed their homegrown rapper as he shot his single “See No Evil.” As a celebrity who came from humble beginnings, 2019 was the year that Kwesi decided to show the world the man he was before all the fame and glory.
Kwesi releases a song about his hood: "See No Evil"
His trip back home was documented by a song titled "See No Evil."
In the video, he features his childhood friends while involving Tema’s upcoming young acts. As a modest sign of giving back to his community, he gained more appeal and support from his Ghana fans. In the song, Kwesi flashbacks and gives thanks for his success and the hard life that trained him to stay focused.
“see no evil, everything good, everything blessed”.
2. Cardi B jams to Kwesi Arthur's song
The American female queen of trap, Cardi B, posted a video of herself jamming to Kwesi Arthur’s song “Don’t Keep Me Waiting.” Through her Livestream, Cardi talks of how she met with the Ghanaian star, and that the song was cute. Twitter and other Ghana social media platforms went crazy sharing and liking the viral video.
3. DopeNation's beef with Kwesi Arthur
Beefing is a common culture in hip-hop, that has existed ever since the lost school, old-school, to contemporary hip-hop artist worldwide. Ghana’s Afrobeat rapper Kwesi found himself involved in 2019 diss with his proclaimed rivals, DopeNation.
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How did the beef start?
The rivalry between the two artists emerged during DopeNation’s performance at the Ghana Telecom University College, Accra. The DopeNation’s duo that consists of two twin brothers, Micheal Boafo aka “B2” and Tony Boafo aka “Twist,” blame the artist for stealing their limelight moments during their performance. As a result, the brothers recorded a "diss" track by the name “Chairman.”
In the song’s lyrics, Michael and Tony call out Arthur as a coward who fears competition. They claimed that the Tema born rapper is scared that DopeNation will end his career.
Later on, the duo, through a later released clip, claimed that they recorded the "diss," but did not mean to release it, hence, it was leaked. However, the duo maintained that the star was taking advantage of his fame to cripple their shine.
We were expecting an apology for a long time, show respect to whoever respect is due, Tony added.
4. The Nasty C – Kwesi Arthur Twitter brawl
For the better start of September 2019, Ghanaian "tweeps" had a poll on who is the best hip-hop rapper between the phenomenal South African rapper Nasty C and their own Kwesi. Different emotions were expressed as both are young, and have been ruling both local, African, and international airwaves.
The emergent dominant theme was how the Ghana music industry is underrating local and upcoming talents like Kwesi. Below are some of the reactions by different hip hop heads from the Gold Coast state.
5. Kwesi Arthur international musical tours
2019 is the year that saw the Tema born artist catch flights to perform for his UK, DC, and New York fans.
- On 12th April 2019, Arthur alongside top Ghana artists Kuami Eugene and Kidi traveled to DC for a mega performance concert.
- On 4th July 2019, Arthur traveled to the UK, where he performed for his international fans at the Concrete
- On the 20th of November 2019, the fast-rising Afrobeat star played in a New York City concert at the Chelsea Music Hall. He gave information about the show through his Twitter handle.
It’s been long overdue, but there was no way 2019 was going to end without me touching down in the BIG APPLE New York bn behind the music from day 1! I’m ready to bring the movement to NYC. Get your tickets now! We are bringing Tema to the US, he tweeted.
- He also had a chance of visiting the BBC Radio 1Xtra show where he was interviewed by DJ Edu- Destination Africa. The detailed interview lasted for three hours as he talked all about his home Ghana, his musical journey, and future projects and EPs.
6. Kwesi Arthur and his father differ on marriage plans
As a young and successful artist, most ladies and the public, in general, are keen to know Kwesi’s love life. During his Starr FM interview, he disclosed that marriage is one of the last things that ever cross his mind.
He indicated that an early marriage life will be a high setback in his musical career. He added that if he was to marry, maybe when he had achieved the age of 35 years. It makes you wonder, how old is Kwesi Arthur? The Tema born rapper was born on 18th December 1994 and will be turning 25 years on December 2020.
During his interview on Joynews evening show titled “The Gist with MzGee,” Kwesi’s father, Samuel Danso Arthur, reacted by saying that his boy was not serious.
He can’t be serious. I saw it and I said ‘this guy is neighborhood normal’? When you are young and you put structures in place, you make healthy babies. They should have asked him how old his dad was when he gave birth to him. I think 35 is too much, Mr. Samwel added.
7. Kwesi Arthur Ghana end-year concert
On 22nd December 2019, the rapper gave his Ghananian fans a reason to smile by organizing his Kumasi concert. The concert had an affordable entrance of only GHC 1 per individual. He announced the end of the year 2019 show through his Instagram.
8. Kwesi Arthur songs and 2019 EP
2019 saw the talented Ghanaian rapper release his Live from Nkrumah Krom, Vol. 2: Home Run. The EP received high reviews and rankings, taking over various radio stations playlists and music charts. The rapper collaborated with some of the greatest artists such as Shatta Wale, South African stars like Nasty C, Sarkodie, to mention a few. Below is the entire EP tracklist. That is composed of 9 songs.
Pray for me
This is a conscious song where you seek prayers for your actions, which seem to have led you to poor decisions and bad lifestyle.
Radio ft Stonebwoy
For those who are in long distance relationship, or miss their friends and family, this is a great song for you. The two artist sing that whenever you miss someone, turn on the radio and play a song that will bring back the good-old memories.
African girl ft Shatta Wale
This is a song to celebrate the beauty of African women.
Nobody ft Mr. Eazi
This is a love song where you prove to your significant other that you only want to be with them and nobody else.
Kill My Spirit ft Sarkodie & Santi
An encouragement song where you are on positive vibes, letting nothing or nobody kill your spirit.
KiDi ft Kwesi Arthur - Mr Badman
This song is ranked as one of the best highlife collaborations by “Grind Day” hit-maker Arthur and the Lynx Entertainment superstar, Kidi, who is known for his gems such as “Odo.”
From releasing his nine-track EP “Live from Nkrumah Krom, Vol. 2: Home Run,” performing in numerous international and local concerts, being recognized by Cardi B, and even beefing with DopeNation’s, Kwesi Arthur 2019 made exciting headlines in the Ghana entertainment scenario. It is safe to say that in 2020, Arthur is the artist to watch!