Ghanaian rapper, Kwame Nsiah-Appau, well known as Okyeame Kwame, has revealed what has made him relevant in the Ghanaian music scene for a long time.
After 23 years of activeness in the music scene, Kwame believed his success was something he has worked very hard to achieve.
Apart from hard work, the popular rapper stated that God has been a source of his success.
He made this statement when speaking an interview with TV XYZ.
“I think that’s how God made my destiny, but, as you already know, prayers without work doesn’t work. He says show me your works and I will show you my faith. So, It wishes and will that is how God made it, but as a human being I also take steps.
“I have recorded nine studio albums, released several singles, done about 500 features and learned too. In the process of doing music, I have earned my first degree, a masters degree and still pursuing higher education. I think these and little tricky things like my management team, young people I consult such as my stylish contribute to my relevance,” he said.
The Made in Ghana’ composer further stated that his talent has also helped him to reach where he is now.
“But in all, apart from God, I’m also a talented as a rapper. Talent’s definition is to develop interest. I still have an interest like when I was five years old. I have an interest and develop interest, so at a point after my secondary school around the ’80s, I went to a certain gentleman called, Lord Marcus to teach me songwriting. He taught me but before he’d teach me, every day he made me read one storybook,” he told Agyemang Prempeh on the Legends programme.
He added, “While reading the books he asked me to underline the metaphors, similes and oxymorons I come across. After every four days, he cross-checks them to see I did it right. This widened my knowledge.”
The celebrated rapper also opened up on the knowledge he has acquired over the years.
“Knowledge is a very key, beyond that, I lived with that to the point I thought that knowledge I had about music was antiquated. I went to Tech [Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)] to study modern languages (Akan option) and music. I understudied Agya Koo Nimo for two years to learn how to play instruments. I also learned philosophy and music at Tech,” Okyeame Kwame revealed.