KiDi (musician)

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KiDi
KiDi 2018 Ghana Music Awards.jpg
KiDi at 2018 Ghana Music Awards
Background information
Birth nameDennis Nana Dwamena
Born (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 25)
Accra, Ghana
GenresAfro pop, Highlife, Afrobeats
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2016–present
LabelsLynx Entertainment
Associated actsDavido, MzVee, Richie Mensah, Mayorkun, Kuami Eugene
Websitewww.lynxghana.com

Dennis Nana Dwamena, known by performing name KiDi, (born 18 August 1993) is a Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats singer-songwriter. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment and is best known for his hit single Odo. The remix features Nigerian superstars Mayorkun and Davido and has received massive airplay across Africa.[1]

Early life[edit]

KiDi was born Dennis Nana Dwamena[2] on 18 August 1993 in Accra, Ghana to Gerald and Beatrice Thompson. He received his primary school education at St. Anthony’s School in Accra and proceeded to Accra Academy for his Senior High School education. He then went on to the University of Ghana Legon, where he graduated in 2016 with a degree in Economics and Information Studies.

Music career[edit]

Early beginnings and breakthrough[edit]

While studying Economics and Information Studies at the University of Ghana, KiDi’s love for music led him to perform on various "Moonlight Café" platforms – a production that supports underground artistes and gives them a platform to display their talents. He also recorded covers of popular songs. In 2015, KiDi took a leap of faith by joining the MTN Hitmaker competition.[3] He went on to win the competition and was later signed to Lynx Entertainment.[4] KiDi shot to prominence in 2017 when he released "Say You Love Me" a song he not only composed but also arranged and produced. KiDi established himself as one of the fastest rising stars in Ghana when he released yet another chart topper titled "Odo" in July 2017 and the remix featuring Mayorkun and Davido in December 2017.[5]


Artistry[edit]

KiDi has mounted several stages including 2017 Rapperholic Concert,[6] Ghana Music Honours 2017 Edition, December to Remember 2017,[7] S Concert 2017,[8] the 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show at Indigo 02 in London.[9] He has performed on the same stage as many award-winning African artistes including Sarkodie, Samini, Shatta Wale, MzVee, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, Efya, and Patoranking. KiDi has also produced several tracks for other artistes and co-produced with award-winning Ghanaian producer Richie Mensah. He has also written for Ghanaian acts including the award-winning MzVee and Adina and has collaborated with artistes such as Tic tac, Ko-Jo Cue , Magnom and Kwasi Arthur. KiDi received 6 nominations[10] at the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards including ‘Best New Artiste’, ‘Afropop Song of the Year’ and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and went on to win the award for ‘Highlife Song of the Year’ at the awards[11] in April 2018.

Awards and nominations.[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2017 4syte Music Video Awards Best Discovery Video Odo Nominated[12]
2018 Ghana Music Awards Highlife Song of the Year Odo Won[13]
Ghana Music Awards Afropop Song of the Year Say You Love Me Nominated[14]
Ghana Music Awards Highlife Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated[15]
Ghana Music Awards Best Male Vocalist Odo Nominated[16]
Ghana Music Awards Best New Artiste Himself Nominated[17]
Ghana Music Awards Song of the Year Odo Nominated[18]
Ghana Music Awards (UK) Artiest of the Year Himself Nominated[19]
Ghana Music Awards (UK) Highlife Artiest of the Year Himself Nominated[20]
Ghana Music Awards (UK) Best Male Vocalist Odo Nominated[21]
Ghana Music Awards (UK) Highlife Song of the Year Himself Nominated[22]
Ghana Music Awards (UK) Best New Artiest of the Year Himself Nominated[23]
3Music Awards Male Act of the Year Himself Nominated[24]
3Music Awards Breakout Act of the Year Himself Nominated[25]
3Music Awards Song of the Year Odo Nominated[26]
3Music Awards Most eventful Snapchat channel Himself Nominated[27]
AFRIMA Best Artiste Doe or Group in Africa Contemporary Himself Won[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KiDi takes Africa by storm with Odo remix feat Davido, Mayorkun". ghanaweb.com.
  2. ^ "KiDi". profileability.com.
  3. ^ "KiDi wins 2015 MTN Hitmaker Reality Show". Ghana Web.
  4. ^ "Lynx Entertainment signs KiDi". Kuulpeeps.
  5. ^ "KiDi takes Africa by storm with Odo remix feat Davido, Mayorkun". ghanaweb.com.
  6. ^ "Star-studded performances at Sarkodie's Rapperholic Concert 2017". ghanaweb.com.
  7. ^ "Citi FM Rocks Accra Tonight with Official Christmas Party". citifmonline.com.
  8. ^ "Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini for S Concert 2017". ghanaweb.com.
  9. ^ "KiDi, Kuami Eugene and King Promise headline Ghana @ 61 Concert in UK". citifmonline.com.
  10. ^ "2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  11. ^ "Full List of Winners at 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards". MyJoyOnline.
  12. ^ "Sarkodie tops the list of nominations for this year's 4syte Music Video Awards". nydjlive.com.
  13. ^ "Full List of Winners at 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards". MyJoyOnline.
  14. ^ "2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  15. ^ "2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  16. ^ "2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  17. ^ "2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  18. ^ "2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  19. ^ "2018 Ghana Music Awards UK Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  20. ^ "2018 Ghana Music Awards UK Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  21. ^ "2018 Ghana Music Awards UK Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  22. ^ "2018 Ghana Music Awards UK Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  23. ^ "2018 Ghana Music Awards UK Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web.
  24. ^ "2018 2018 3Music Awards nominees unveiled". 3news.
  25. ^ "2018 2018 3Music Awards nominees unveiled". 3news.
  26. ^ "2018 2018 3Music Awards nominees unveiled". 3news.
  27. ^ "2018 2018 3Music Awards nominees unveiled". 3news.
  28. ^ {{Cite web |url=https://www.pulse.com.gh/entertainment/music/afrima-2018-full-list-of-winners/k7npvvb

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