M.anifest is an internationally acclaimed award-winning musician from Accra, Ghana. In 2013 he won the “Best Rapper of the Year” award at the Ghana Music Awards, only a year after being tipped by BBC's “The Strand” as one of four artists to watch in the World. Described as “Ghana’s rapper supreme” by Rita Ray of the BBC, M.anifest’s originality, lyricism, flow and depth in content has made him one of contemporary Africa’s best kept secrets.
With two studio albums to his credit, the Ghanaian rapper has already stacked up an impressive resume of work with icons: He has recorded with legends such as Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Afrobeat co-founder Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, & more. He was prominently featured on five tracks on the "Rocket Juice & the Moon" album.
Born Kwame Amet Tsikata, M.anifest recalls being privy to a breadth of African music having been influenced by his grandfather Prof. J.H. Nketia, one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicologists. He earned a college scholarship, which led to him spending a decade of his adult life in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. There, he cut his musical teeth collaborating with underground favorites like Brother Ali and Atmosphere, eventually releasing his debut album “Manifestations” (2007) which earned him “Songwriter of the Year” honors in the City Pages and begun drawing him international attention.
In 2010, MTV spotlighted M.anifest as a hot new artist to look out for on the program "Seven." He has been described as an artist with “an incredible gift” (the run off groove) who possesses “the kind of assured, joyful, ruminative voice that made Mos Def into Hollywood's favorite conscious-rap star" (City Pages).
In the fall of 2011 he toured Europe with Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more as part of Another Honest Jon's Chop Up. He was invited by Damon Albarn to be a collaborator on Rocket Juice & the Moon supergroup project.
After a decade, M.anifest journeyed back home with a wealth of experience and begun buzzing in Africa whiles still making giant steps internationally. He released his sophomore album, “Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America” in 2011 which earned him nominations for Best Rapper and Songwriter of the Year at the 2012 Ghana Music Awards. The album also received top ten albums of the year honors in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
In 2012, M.anifest was part of the historic Africa Express Train that toured the UK. In the same year he performed on the Big Brother Africa Stargame stage; a show telecast live to millions across the African continent. His music video for the single ‘Makaa Maka’ was nominated for six 4syte TV Music Video Awards and won in the Best Hip-Hop category. He was also nominated in the Most Gifted Hip Hop category at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa at which he performed.
2013 has seen the now seasoned musician reaching for great new heights across many fields. He is a co-founder of Giants Steps, a conference for entrepreneurs and artists, and his original fashion sense earned him a brand ambassadorship with Woodin - a company that produces African textiles. After sweeping two awards at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards and solidifying his spot as one of contemporary Africa’s best live performers, M.anifest is currently busy working on several new project including the soon to be released EP, “Apae”.
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