Kojo Funds

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Kojo Funds
Born1995 (age 23–24)
London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
Years active2015–present
Associated acts
Websiteearth-agency.com/artists/kojo-funds/

Kojo Funds (/k fʌndz/ KOH-joh FUNDZ; born 1995)[1] is a British rapper and singer.[2][3] His music blends West African and Caribbean sounds with road rap, hip hop, dancehall and pop.

Kojo Funds featured on Yxng Bane's single "Fine Wine" and on Mabel's "Finders Keepers". His own singles include "Check" with Raye.

Career[edit]

Kojo Funds was born in 1995 in London. He is of mixed Ghanaian and Dominican heritage.[3][4] He grew up in Custom House in East London and was raised by his mother.[3]

A number of his songs have been produced by GA, including "Dun Talkin".[5] In early 2017, he had a feature on the Yxng Bane single "Fine Wine" which was certified silver by the BPI,[6] and on Mabel's "Finders Keepers" which reached number 8 in the UK Official Charts Company Singles chart.[7] On 9 February 2018 he released the single "Check" with British singer-songwriter Raye.

In 2017 Kojo Funds was nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards.[8][9] In 2018 he played Bestival[10] and Wireless Festival.[11]

He calls his musical style afro-swing.[12][13] It has also been called "afro-bashment".[14] The genre originated in London in late 2000s; it blends West African and Caribbean sounds with road rap, hip hop, dancehall and British pop music.[2][3][15][14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

  • "Check" with Raye (Atlantic, 2018)
  • "Warning" (F&Y, 2018)
  • "Take Off" with Stefflon Don (54 London, 2019)

As featured artist[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kojo Funds - Earth Agency". Earth Agency. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Renshaw, David (6 April 2018). "Kojo Funds review – champagne, confetti and raw street life". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kojo Funds Is the Afro-Swing King of the UK's Black Diaspora". Noisey. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Get to Know: Kojo Funds". MTV. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ "GA on how he made Dun Talkin by Kojo Funds, Afrobeats, Afro Bashment or Afro Swing, so what do we call it?, Twin B - BBC Radio 1Xtra". BBC. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Yxng Bane Ft Kojo Funds: Fine Wine: All About The Melody". British Phonographic Industry. Accessed 2 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Mabel ft Kojo Funds". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  8. ^ "This year's MOBO award nominations have been announced". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Here are all the nominations for the 2017 MOBO Awards". The Fader. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Grace Jones, Ghetts and a lot of glitter: the best of Bestival 2018 – in pictures". The Guardian. 6 August 2018. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Wireless Festival 2018 announces bonkers lineup ft. J Cole and Stormzy". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  12. ^ "UK Afrobeats: The new sound reinventing British club music". Mixmag. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b Simpson, Dave (26 March 2018). "Yxng Bane review – genre-hopping rapper relentlessly pleases the crowd". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  14. ^ a b Adegoke, Yomi (1 June 2018). "Grime, Afro bashment, drill ... how black British music became more fertile than ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  15. ^ "UK Afrobeats: The new sound reinventing British club music". Mixmag. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Meet the 10 new artists changing the game for UK rap". Music Week. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  17. ^ "The NME 100: Essential new music for 2018 - Page 9 of 21 - NME". NME. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  18. ^ Abiade, Yemi (24 November 2017). "Grime watch: how SBTV, Link Up and GRM Daily propped up black British music". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

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