Kuami Eugene

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Kuami Eugene
Birth nameEugene Kwame Marfo
Born (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 22)
Oda, Ghana
GenresAfro pop, Highlife, Afrobeats
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2016–present
LabelsLynx Entertainment
Websitewww.lynxghana.com

Eugene Kwame Marfo (born 1 February 1997), who goes by the stage name Kuami Eugene is a Ghanaian highlife and afrobeats singer-songwriter. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment,[1] and is known for several songs of his, including "Angela", "Wish Me Well", "Ohemaa", and many others. He won the New Artiste awards from the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and from the Ghana Music Awards UK. He also received the Most Promising Artiste in Africa award from (AFRIMA)[2]

Early life[edit]

Eugene Kwame [3] was born to Alex and Juliana Marfo in Oda, Ghana.[4] His interest for music led him to sing in church from a very young age where he also learnt how to play the drum, keyboard and guitar.[5] Kuami Eugene dropped out school because of his love for music and spent more than two months studying music in a studio located in Eastern Region without informing the school authority and his mother. He was later expelled from school after it was discovered that he had skipped school.[6]

Music career[edit]

Kuami Eugene was a contestant in the season 5 of the reality competition show MTN Hitmaker in Ghana in 2016, where he finished third overall.[7] He was signed shortly afterwards to Lynx Entertainment and has gone on to release several singles. In 2017, "Angela"[8]" reached one million views on YouTube, the most for any music artist on that label, and was indicated to be in rotation among the top 10 songs in Ghana.[9] He is a featured artist in "Adwenfi" by DJ Vyrusky and Shatta Wale.[10] In 2018, he released a continuation of the storyline in the "Angela" song called "Confusion".[11] And in June 2018, he released the single "Wish Me Well", which was in response to the negative comments he received on social media,[12] some of which alleged he was stealing lyrics from another artist Ice Prince.[13]

In 2017, he participated in Sarkodie's Rapperholic Concert which was held in [Ghana],[14] Ghana Music Honours 2017 Edition, December to Remember 2017,[15] S Concert 2017,[16] the 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show at Indigo 02 in London.[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Nominated work Result
2019 3Music Awards Highlife Act of the year Won[18]
2019 3Music Awards Highlife Song of the year Wish Me Well Won[18]
2018 4syte Music Video Awards Best Storyline Video "Angela" Nominated[19]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Highlife Song of the Year "Angela" Nominated[20]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Highlife Artiste of the Year Won[21]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Best Male Vocalist Nominated[20]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Best New Artiste Won[21]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Song of the Year "Angela" Nominated[20]
Ghana Music Awards UK Best New Artiste of the Year Won[22]
AFRIMA Most Promising Artiste in Africa Won[23]

Recognition[edit]

Legendary Highlife artiste Amakye Dede crowned Kuami Eugene as his successor in highlife music at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kuami Eugene – Mtn Hitmaker fame now signed by Lynx Entertainment«". GhanaWeb.
  2. ^ "Kuami Eugene is the "Most Promising Artiste in Africa" at AFRIMA 2018". Entertainment. 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  3. ^ "Kuami Eugene". profileability.com.
  4. ^ "Kuami Eugene's mom surprises him on his 22nd birthday". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  5. ^ Chem, Shemcy. "10 facts from Kuami Eugene biography few people know". Ghana: Yen.com.gh. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ Shem, Shemcy (2018-02-23). "10 facts from Kuami Eugene biography few people know". Yen.com.gh - Ghana news. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  7. ^ "Kelvin wins 2016 MTN Hitmaker Reality Show". Ghana Web. 11 August 2016.
  8. ^ Lynx Entertainment (2017-09-12), Kuami Eugene - Angela (Official Video), retrieved 2019-06-28
  9. ^ "Kuami Eugene's 'Angela' hits 1m views on YouTube". Ghana Web. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  10. ^ NYB. "Award winning DJ Vyrusky shoots video for smash hit single 'Adwenfi'". Muse Africa.
  11. ^ Freddie. "Kuami Eugene releases part two of Angela titled Confusion". Yooyoo Africa. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Kuami Eugene releases new song titled 'Wish Me Well'". Ghana Web. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  13. ^ Mawuli, David (22 June 2018). "Did Kuami Eugene 'steal' Ice Prince's songs for "Wish Me Well"?". Pulse. Ghana. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Star-studded performances at Sarkodie's Rapperholic Concert 2017". Ghana Web. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Citi FM Rocks Accra Tonight with Official Christmas Party". Citi FM. Ghana. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini for S Concert 2017". Ghana Web. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  17. ^ "KiDi, Kuami Eugene and King Promise headline Ghana @ 61 Concert in UK". Citi FM. Ghana. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  18. ^ a b "3 Music Awards 2018: Full list of winners". Myjoyonline. 30 March 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  19. ^ Britton, George (3 November 2017). "Sarkodie tops the list of nominations for this year's 4syte Music Video Awards". NYDJ Live. Ghana. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  20. ^ a b c "2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Full List of Nominees". Ghana Web. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Full List of Winners at 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards". MyJoyOnline. 2018-04-15.
  22. ^ "Ghana Music Awards UK 2018: Full list of winners". Music in Africa. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  23. ^ Mawuli, David (25 November 2018). "Kuami Eugene is the "Most Promising Artiste in Africa" at AFRIMA 2018". Ghana: Pulse. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  24. ^ "Amakye Dede crowns Kuami Eugene as his successor". www.graphic.com.gh. Retrieved 2019-06-29.