Kwabena Addae Antwi is his birth name and he was born on January 23. He is known by the stage name Mandem, which simply means “the people’s man”.
Mandem grew up in Tema and attended Tema Technical Institute where he studied electricals. His passion for music started when he was only fourteen(14) years and in Junior High School.
Mandem started his musical journey as a rapper and later found love for Afro-Dancehall genre when he met Vybrant Faya of blessed memory in 2014 (a nominee for best new Artist and Reggae/Dancehall Artist) at Rekx Studio in Tema. Vybrant Faya who fell in love with his voice the first time he heard him sing, advised him to try more dancehall and Afrobeat style because he has the voice for it.
He loves to listen to musical legends both locally and internationally. The likes of Terry bonchaka, Fela Kuti, Kojo Antwi, Paa Bobo, Beenieman, Culture and Damien Marley are legends from whom he picks inspiration.
Mandem fits into both the Afro-Dancehall and Afrobeat genre with his beautiful and inspirational lyrical content. His music speaks more about life struggles especially with the youth and his content preaches hope to whoever listening to it. His flow has such twist and turns that it immediately puts you into a listening mood (conscious vibes).
He aims to reach the world with His enticing African melodies.
MANDEM is a versatile musician with a rhythmic style. His husky modulated voice seems to set a difference anytime he steps on the beat to perform.
He can be described as the combination of the reigning Afro-Dancehall artistes in Ghana. He has the deep enticing voice of Samini, the rhythmic flow of Stonebwoy and the ‘free your mind’ attitude of Shatta Wale. His energy blooms into extraordinary performances which leaves funs hungry for more.
‘Weather’ freestyle is a must listen for all the reggae lovers out there. Follow him on IG: @officialmandem and @kapahouse_