About Kojo Antwi
Kojo Antwi popularly known as “Mr Music Man”is a Ghanaian Afro pop, highlife and reggae musical artist. Born Julius Kojo Antwi into a family with 13 siblings, he grew up in the Darkuman suburb of Accra. He has 22 albums to his credit, with “Tom & Jerry” being one of his successful singles in Ghana and Africa at large.
Kojo Antwi after leaving school, started his Music career immediately by playing with Boomtalents. He was shortly after discovered and became the front-man of the then newly formed Classique Handel’s later Classique Vibes.
Kojo Antwi Career
The authentic and energetic youth band, within a short period captured the ears and eyes of Ghanaians and the neighboring West African countries.
The potential the band had and the early discovery by an international agent brought the band to Europe,where they performed with overwhelming success in several festivals in Denmark and Sweden alongside Reggae & African well known Stars. The band was confronted with popularity and immigration problems within a short period of time. This brought about the disintegration of this wonderful band.
Kojo after a short while went solo. His first solo album >All I need is you
With an exciting and successful musical career spanning over two decades, Kojo Antwi ‘Mr Music Man’ has established himself as a consummate vocalist; a prolific songwriter, producer and arranger; and an enigmatic performer, making him arguably the best Ghanaian musso alive. Over the years, he has delighted lovers of good music with his clear and flawlessly seductive voice that radiates through his massive repertoire of smooth and sultry ballads. His music defies categorization and is often a blend of West Africa’s highlife and soukous, the Caribbean’s lover’s rock and a dash of Afro-America’s soul and R&B.
Kojo is noted for his diligent perfectionism; he takes his time to make good music that lasts for generations. You would love any of his 20 year old song like you would any contemporary music of today. His latest album, ‘Tattoo’ is the 12th in a long and fascinating career. Every single song on this album is an indication of the growth and maturity very few African musicians have and the operatic ‘Me Dwareâ’ is simply a masterpiece. He has won several Ghana Music Awards and international awards like Best Male Artist fro West Africa, at the 2003 All Africa Music Awards, Our Music Award, Kora Award, West Africa Tourism award among many others.
He plays Reggae with lots of African influences in the Lovers Rock style and Roots Reggae alongside authentic African songs. He sings in both English and vernacular. He has lady dancers, lady background singers and top Musicians who have worked with international Stars like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. He has a Master Saxophone player from Sierra Leone. He is the only musician with a consistent annual live show through which he interacts with his many fans across the country.
He is married to one wife by the name Rocklyn Antwi.
Kojo Antwi Awards
Antwi has received many Awards which include;’the West Africa Tourism Award, All Africa Music Awards, Kora Award, and the Our Music Award’.
Kojo Antwi Songs
- Medofo Pa
- Dadie Anoma
- Odo Ano Wappi
- Music Man
- Odo Maayea
- Spread His Love
- Pour Some Sugar I
- Hini Me
- Me-Enaada Me
- Mfa Me Nkoho
- Wo De Kan Ko a
- Nice and Slow
- Me Mmo
- Me Ni Wu Ara
- Oni Bi Adamfo
Kojo Antwi Albums
- Mister Music Man
- Love Classics
- Don’t Stop The Music
Kojo Antwi News
I won’t trade my brand for any political endorsement
Updated on: 28th December 2016
Music maestro, Kojo Antwi says he is not ready to trade his brand for anything by making a political party endorsement.
According to him, just as corporate bodies are not supposed to engage in party politics, he won’t endorse any political party and damage his brand.
“I see myself as a brand with a huge following and it’s something that I won’t trade for any endorsement as some practitioners in this industry did before the election,” he told Nhyira Addo in an interview on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show.
To buttress his point, he added that, “Corporate bodies don’t get involved in political endorsements, I see myself as a corporate body trusted by people to be neutral at all times. Therefore, endorsing a political party for me is a betrayal of my brand and fans.”
Heading into the December 7 elections, several entertainment personalities, including John Dumelo, Mzbel, Agya Koo and Cwesi Oteng, openly endorsed the two leading political parties – The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Kojo Antwi, even though will not condemn or begrudge the entertainment personalities for taking that stance, believes that the celebrities should have used the opportunity to highlight the challenges facing the industry.
“I believe those who decided to get involved in that could have also used the opportunity to [highlight] some of the things the industry needs to uplift where we are but instead, I think it was more for people getting money into their individual pockets, I don’t fault anyone but for me, I believe such a move will hurt my brand,” he noted.
Popularly referred to as Mr. Music Man, Kojo Antwi, without giving details, revealed that, ahead of the elections, he was approached by a political party for endorsement.
“I was approached…I was offered something but I said no,” he said. He was quick to add that, others may accept such offers because of their views on issues while others too may do “it for no compensation.”
Mr. Music Man’s decision not to endorse any political party does not only apply to politics. “It is not just political endorsement. As a brand, I also refuse to do endorse also alcohol…it’s a principle I have to live by.”
He explained that there is nothing wrong with an artiste getting paid to perform at a political platform or event.