D-Black

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D-Black
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Background information
Birth nameDesmond Blackmore
Also known asDe Ghana Boy
Born (1987-01-12) 12 January 1987 (age 32)
Accra,Ghana
OriginAccra, Ghana
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • entrepreneur
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsBlack Avenue Muzik
Associated acts
WebsiteDblacklive.com

Desmond Kwesi Blackmore (born January 12, 1987), known by his stage name D-Black, is a Ghanaian anglophone hip-hop and afrobeat musician.[1]

Biography[edit]

Blackmore was born on the January 12, 1987 in Accra, Ghana to Ghanaian-English father John Derek Blackmore and Ghanaian mother Adeline Boateng. In 2009, he released his first album, entitled Target Practice. A year later he released a second album, called Music, Love & Life, which proved to be more successful than the first, allowing him to go on tour across ten cities in Ghana. In 2012 Blackmore released a third album, called The Revelation, which featured appearances from other rappers, including Sarkodie, Mo Cheddah, and Joey B. "Vera", one of the songs from the album, was played on several Ghanaian radio stations and reached the #1 spot on the Ghanaian urban music charts.[2] Blackmore won the "Song of the Year" and "Collaboration of the Year" awards for "Vera" at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards UK. In July 2013 he participated at the U.K. Afrobeats Music Festival, after which he went on a USA tour in September. In February 2014, Blackmore went on a European tour in the Netherlands, Italy, and the United Kingdom. In 2014, Blackmore began working on his third album, releasing the first single from it, "Personal Person" in April. In July 2015, "Personal Person" was the #1 song on the Ghananian music charts. In 2016, Blackmore released his fourth album, entitled Lightwork.

Black Avenue Muzik and other Investments[edit]

D-Black also owns the Black Avenue Muzik record label, which produces music by Wisa Greid, Freda Rhymz, Sefa, Dahlin Gage, Nina Ricchie, and Osayo.[3] D-Black, among other things, owns Club Onyx [4], Black Avenue Films, a Clothing line and is currently the brand ambassador for Ciroc in Ghana[5].

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Target Practice (2009)
  • Music, Love & Life (2010)
  • The Revelation (2012)
  • Lightwork (2016)

Singles[edit]

  • "Vera" (2012)
  • "Personal Person" (2014)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Award Song Results
2009 Channel O Music Video Awards Best West African Move Nominated
2010 Ghana Music Awards Hip-Hop / Hip-life Song of the Year Breathe Nominated
Music Video of the Year Breathe Won
Museke African Music Awards Music Video of the Year Breathe Nominated
African Music Awards, London Music Video of the Year Breathe Won
Channel O Music Video Awards, South Africa Best Hip-hop Breathe Nominated
Best Music Video Breathe Nominated
Sound City Music Awards, Nigeria Best Collaboration Somebody Nominated
Best New Video Believe Nominated
4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Overall Video Breathe Nominated
Best Storyline in a Video Breathe Won [6]
Best Directed Video Breathe Nominated
Best Collaboration in a Video Breathe Won
Best Group Video Breathe Nominated
2011 Ghana Music Awards Hip hop/ Hip-life Artist of the Year None Nominated
Hip hop Song of the Year Get on Da Dancefloor Won
Songwriter of the Year Somebody Nominated
Collaboration of the Year Somebody Nominated
Album of the Year Music, Love & Life Nominated
BET Awards Best International Artist of the Year (Africa) - Nominated [7]
Ghana Gospel Industry Awards Alternate Gospel Song of the year Somebody Nominated
Alternate Gospel Video of the year Somebody Won
Channel O Music Video Awards Best African West Get on Da Dancefloor Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards Best Photography in a video Somebody Nominated
Best Hip-hop Video Get on da dancefloor Nominated
Best Collaboration in a video Somebody Nominated
Best Edited Video Get on Da Dancefloor Nominated
Music Video Awards Best African Act Get on Da Dancefloor Nominated
Ghana Hip-hop Awards Male Hip-hop Artiste(of the Decade) - Nominated[8]
The Next Big Thing Award - Won
Hip-hop album (of the Decade) - Nominated
Best Collaboration Breathe Nominated
Hip-hop Artiste of the year - Won
2012 Ghana Music Awards Hip-hop Song of the year My Kinda Girl Nominated
Music Video of the year My Kinda Girl Nominated
Album of the Year The Revelation Nominated
HSH Awards Most Influential Artiste - Won
Hip-hop World Awards Best International Artiste - Nominated
Channel O Music Video Awards Best West Africa video Falling Won
MTN 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Collaboration Falling Won
2013 Ghana Music Awards Artist of the year - Nominated
Song of the Year Vera Nominated
Hip-life Song of the Year Vera Nominated
Hip-hop Song of the Year Falling Nominated
Hip-hop/Hip-life Artiste of the Year - Nominated
Ghana Music Awards UK Song of the year Vera Won
Collabo of the year Vera Won
Channel O Music Video Awards Best Africa West Vera Nominated[9]
2015 Ghana Music Awards Hip-life Song of the Year Seihor Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who Is Desmond Kwesi Blackmore? –News Ghana". Newsghana.com.gh. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ "D-BLACK, "VERA TOPS THE AFRIBIZ CHARTS". Cypressgh.com. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  3. ^ http://livefmghana.com/2017/02/21/d-black-signs-wisa-two-new-acts-label/
  4. ^ "Rapper D-Black to open new nightclub, ONYX". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Ciroc Vodka signs D-Black as Brand Ambassador". www.newsghana.com.gh. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Good Year For D-Black With Several Awards Nominations" Ghanacelebrities.com
  7. ^ "Best International Act: Africa". BET Awards 2001.
  8. ^ Full Nomination list for Ghana Hiphop & R&B Awards 2011...J-Town, Obrafour, Kweku T and more included. Modern Ghana.
  9. ^ "D-Black shoots world class video for 'Change Your Life' in SA" Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine Ghana Music.com

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