Kuami Eugene

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Kuami Eugene
Birth nameEugene Kwame Marfo
Also known asRock Star
Born (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 24)
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 high-life and afrobeat singer-songwriter. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment,[1] and is known for several songs, including "Angela", "Wish Me Well", "Ohemaa" and many others. He won the New Artist awards in 2018 from the Ghana Music Awards and the Ghana Music Awards UK. He also received the Most Promising Artist in Africa award from AFRIMA.[2] In 2019, he received 7 nominations at the Ghana Music Awards and went on to win the awards for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year and Highlife Artist of the Year.[3] He was crowned Artist of the Year and High-life Artist of the Year at the 2020 Ghana Music Awards.[4]

Early life[edit]

Kwame Eugene[5] was born to Alex and Juliana Marfo in Akim Oda, Ghana.[6][7] His interest in music led him to sing in the church from a very young age where he also learnt how to play the drum, keyboard and guitar.[8] Kuami Eugene dropped out of school because of his love for music and spent more than two months studying music in a studio located in the 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.[8] He attended Salvation Army Senior High school located at Akim-Wenchi. The young artiste, who grew up in the environs of Fadama, a suburb of Accra furthered his education to Ghana Telecom University.

Music career[edit]

Kwami Eugene was a contestant in the season 5 of the reality competition show MTN Hitmaker in Ghana in 2016, where he finished third overall.[9] He was signed shortly afterwards to Lynx Entertainment and has gone on to release several singles. In 2017, "Angela"[10] 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.[11] He is a featured artist in "Adwenfi" [1] by DJ Vyrusky and Shatta Wale.[12] In 2018, he released a continuation of the story line in the "Angela"[13] song called "Confusion".[14] And in June 2018, he released the single "Wish Me Well", which was in response to the negative comments he received on social media,[15] some of which alleged he was stealing lyrics from another artist Ice Prince.[16]

In 2017, he participated in Sarkodie's Rapperholic Concert in Ghana, on the 25th of December.[17] Ghana Music Honors 2017 Edition, December to Remember 2017,[18] Concert 2017,[19] the 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show at Indigo 02 in London.[20] Kuami Eugene has gone on to perform on many more stages including at Oh My Festival in Amsterdam, Afrobeats to the World concert at the Playstation Theatre in New York and Afronation in Ghana.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Producer Album
2017 "Ɛbɛyɛyie" (meaning-It will be well) Richie Mensah Non-album single
"Fadama Boy" Kuami Eugene
"Hiribaba" (featuring MzVee)
"Boom Bang Bang"
"Angela" Killbeatz Rockstar
2018 "Confusion" Kuami Eugene
"Wish Me Well" Willisbeatz & Kuami Eugene
"Wish Me Well" remix (featuring Ice Prince) Non-album single
"Meji Meji" (featuring Davido)
"Walaahi" Kuami Eugene Rockstar
2019 "No More" (featuring Sarkodie) Kuami Eugene & MOG
"Ohemaa" (meaning-Queen) (featuring KiDi) Non-album single
"Obiaato" (meaning-Everyone Sings) Jaysynths
2020 "Turn Up" Kuami Eugene
"Ghana We Dey" (featuring Samini & Shatta Wale) MOG Son of Africa
"Open Gate" Willisbeatz

Singles featured on[edit]

Below are some of the singles Kuami Eugene has been featured on.

Year Title Producer Album
2017 "Rewind"

(MzVee featuring Kuami Eugene)

Kuami Eugene Daavi
"Adwenfi" (meaning-Evil Mind)
(DJ Vyrusky featuring Shatta Wale & Kuami Eugene)
Kuami Eugene & DJ Vyrusky Non-album single
2018 "Killing Me Softly"

(Adina featuring Kuami Eugene)

Kuami Eugene Non-album single
"Kwani Kwani"

(Tic featuring Kuami Eugene)

Kuami Eugene
"Baby Girl"

(Strongman featuring Kuami Eugene)

"New African Girl"

(Fuse ODG featuring KiDi & Kuami Eugene)

"Back To Sender"

(DJ Breezy featuring Kuami Eugene, Darko Vibes & Kwesi Arthur)

"Bend Down"

(MzVee featuring Kuami Eugene)

Kuami Eugene
"Drogba (Joanna) - new Africa remix"

(Afro B featuring Mayorkun, Kuami Eugene, KiDi & Frenna)

"Never Carry Last"

(DJ Vyrusky featuring Mayorkun & Kuami Eugene)

Rockstar
"Eternity"

(Jupiter featuring Kuami Eugene)

Non-album single
2019 "Baby"

(DJ Vyrusky featuring KiDi, Shatta Wale & Kuami Eugene)

"E No Be My Matter"

(Okyeame Kwame featuring Kuami Eugene)

Made in Ghana
"Nothing I Get (remix)"

(Fameye featuring Kuami Eugene, Medikal & Article Wan)

Non-album single
"Honey"

(Sarkodie featuring Kuami Eugene)

Black Love
"Take Me Away"

(Stonebwoy featuring KiDi & Kuami Eugene)

Non-album single
2020 "No Dulling"

(Keche featuring Kuami Eugene)

Kuami Eugene
"Love Nwantiti"
(CKay featuring Joeboy & Kuami Eugene)
Non-album single

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Nominated work Result
2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Himself Won[4]
Highlife Song of the Year "Obiaato" Nominated[4]
Best Video of the Year Nominated[4]
Highlife Artist of the Year Himself Won[4]
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominated[4]
Best Collaboration of the Year "Ohemaa" (ft KiDi) Nominated[4]
Most Popular Song of the Year "Obiaato" Nominated[4]
3Music Awards Highlife Song of the Year "Walaahi" Nominated[21]
Highlife Artist of the Year "Obiaato" Won[21]
2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Nominated[22]
Highlife Artist of the Year Won[23]
Producer of the Year Won[23]
Album of the Year Rockstar Won[23]
Song of the Year "Wish Me Well" Nominated[22]
Highlife Song of the Year Nominated[22]
Best Collaboration "Never Carry Last" Nominated[22]
3Music Awards High-life Act of the year Himself Won[24]
High-life Song of the year "Wish Me Well" Won[24]
Ghana Music Awards UK Highlife Song of the Year Won[25]
Highlife Artist of the Year Himself Won[25]
Ghana Music & Arts Awards Europe Highlife Song of the Year "Wish Me Well" Won[26]
Highlife Artist of the Year Himself Won[26]
Artist of the Year Won[26]
2018 4syte Music Video Awards Best Story line Video "Angela" Nominated[27]
Ghana Music Awards High-life Song of the Year Nominated[28]
High-life Artist of the Year Himself Won[29]
Best Male Vocalist Nominated[28]
Best New Artist Won[29]
Song of the Year "Angela" Nominated[28]
Liberia Music Awards Best International Artist Himself Nominated[30]
Ghana Music Awards UK Best New Artist of the Year Won[31]
AFRIMA Most Promising Artist in Africa Won[32]

Recognition[edit]

Legendary High-life artist Amakye Dede crowned Kuami Eugene as his successor in high-life music at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.[33]

On the 21st Vodafone Music Awards held at Accra International Conference Centre, Kuami Eugene won the Artiste of the Year, beating off competition from Sarkodie, Medikal, Kofi Kinaata and Diana Hamilton.[22]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Kelvin wins 2016 MTN Hitmaker Reality Show". Ghana Web. 11 August 2016.
  10. ^ Lynx Entertainment (2017-09-12), Kuami Eugene - Angela (Official Video), retrieved 2019-06-28
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  12. ^ NYB. "Award winning DJ Vyrusky shoots video for smash hit single 'Adwenfi'". Muse Africa.
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