M.anifest

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M.anifest
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M.anifest
Background information
Birth name Kwame Ametepee Tsikata
Also known as M Dot, M Diggidy
Born (1982-11-20) 20 November 1982 (age 34)
Accra, Ghana
Genres Hip hop, Hiplife, R&B, Afrobeat
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, public speaker, entrepreneur, occasional lecturer
Instruments Vocals, Pro Tools
Years active 2005–Present
Labels Singitdamnit Music
Associated acts Rocket Juice and The Moon, Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Brother Ali, Erykah Badu, Richy Pitch, A.R.M, Ko-Jo Cue, Efya, EL, Sarkodie, Brymo, Paapa, G-Mo, Jayso, Worlasi, Cina Soul, Dex Kwasi, Nomisupasta, Tumi Molekane, Evil Twin, Wanlov the Kubolor, Checkmate, Desdamona, Coptic, Drvmroll, Samahra Daly, eLDee the Don, HHP, Bisa Kdei, Camp Mulla, Obrafour, Blackway, Kid Konnect, Dj Mic Smith
Website www.manifestmc.com
Notable instruments
Pro Tools

M.anifest (born Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, 20 November 1982) is an award-winning Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter. He has worked with the likes of Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, and is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and The Moon album.[1] He is the grandson of one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicogists and composers J.H. Kwabena Nketia.[2] In 2012, BBC’s arts program The Strand tipped him as one of four acts to look out for in 2012. M.anifest won Best Rapper of the Year and Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards after having been nominated twice in 2012 and thrice in 2013.[3] In 2015 M.anifest's single "someway bi" earned him a third place honor in the International Songwriters Competition (ISC).[4] In the same year The Guardian named M.anifest as "the foremost rapper on the continent.".[5] M.anifest currently lives in Accra (Madina) and Minneapolis.

Personal life and education[edit]

M.anifest is the son of Ghanaian renowned lawyer and academic Tsatsu Tsikata. M.anifest migrated to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St Paul) in 2001 to attend Macalester College, where he graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.

M.anifest did his High School at SOS Herman Gmeiner International School in Tema. He was the entertainment prefect of his school known as Amet Tsikata. He has had artist residencies and given lectures in St Lawrence University (NY), University of Ghana, and spoken to several classes in Hamline University, Macalester College (his Alma Mater), Penumbra Theatre’s Summer Arts institute, Ashesi University and more.

Career[edit]

In his time in the Twin Cities M.anifest learnt to adopt the do-it-yourself credo and the know-how in becoming an independent musician.[6] He released his first solo album, Manifestations, in 2007 funded by royalties he received from lending his voice to a Pepsi jingle that played nationally on U.S radio.[7] Manifestations earned him Songwriter of the year Honors in the City Pages[8] as well as top five albums of the year recognition in the Star Tribune.[9] In 2009 he released a free album, the Birds and the Beats, to raise awareness and funds for the work of a non-profit, Young Entrepreneurs Africa.[10]

In 2010 M.anifest linked up with Africa Express and played gigs in France and Spain with them in the same year. He caught the attention of Africa Express co-founder Damon Albarn who thereafter invited M.anifest to be a collaborator on Rocket Juice & the Moon in 2011.[2] In September 2012 M.anifest joined the historic Africa Express train touring the U.K.[11] He wrote for the Huffington Post about his experiences with Africa Express.[12]

He released his sophomore album Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America in September 2011, which included the singles "Suffer", "Asa" and "Blue (Chale What Dey Happen)". It marked a decade of his life in the U.S. and the beginning of his transition back to Ghana.[13] In 2012 M.anifest began making major inroads in Africa performing on The Big Brother Africa stage[14] as well at the Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa.[15] The video for his single "Makaa Maka" also got him nominated for Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video at the 2012 Channel O Music Awards[16] and won him Best Hip-Hop Video at the 4syte Music Video Awards.[17]

M.anifest has had an eclectic creative output; he produced and co-wrote an independence mini Hip-Hopera[18] for Channel O and also performed a highly praised piece,[19] at the first ever Ghana Music Week, detailing the history of Ghanaian music. M.anifest is co-founder of Giant Steps,[20] an interactive conference for entrepreneurial creatives and creative entrepreneurs. He’s also featured in the feature-length documentary We Rock Long Distance[21] by filmmaker Justin Schell.

Awards[edit]

  • Best Rapper of the year (2013) - Ghana Music Award
  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2013) - Ghana Music Awards
  • Best Hip-Hop Video - 4syte Music Video Awards
  • Minnesota Emerging composer Award (MECA) (2010) - American Composers Forum[22]
  • Songwriter of the Year (2008) - City Pages[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Nowhere Cool (2016)
  • Apae: the price of free EP (2013)
  • Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America (2011)
  • The Birds and the Beats (Free Mixtape, 2009)
  • Manifestations (2007)

Singles[edit]

  • "Sugar" feat Brymo (2016)
  • "100%" (2016)
  • "god MC" (2016)
  • "Forget Dem" (2015)
  • "W'ani Aba" (feat. Bisa Kdei)
  • "No Shortcut to Heaven" feat. Obrafour (2014)
  • "Jigah" feat. HHP (2014)
  • "Someway Bi" (2013)
  • "Mind Games" (2013)
  • "Ebei" (2013)
  • "Blue (Chale What Dey Happen)" (2012)
  • "Makaa Maka" (2012)
  • "Asa" feat. Efya (2012)
  • "Suffer" (2011)
  • "Coming to America" (2011)
  • "Gentleman" (2007)
  • "Babylon Breakdown" (2007)

Features[edit]

  • "Kindness" feat. M.anifest - 8th Wonder (2014)
  • "Proverb" feat. M.anifest - Proverb's Manifest (2014)
  • "Dee Moneey" feat. M.anifest, Ice Prince, Paedae(R2bees), JTown, Reminisce - Finish Line (Remix) (2014)
  • "Camp Mulla" feat. M.anifest - All in (2013)
  • "E.L." feat. M.anifest - Hallelujah (2013)
  • "Lyricalwaanzam" feat. M.anifest - For sheygey reasons (2013)
  • "Bodi" feat. M.anifest & Team Dharma - Hercules (2013)
  • "Sedem" feat. M.anifest - Falling in Love(2014)
  • "Obrafour" ft. M.anifest - Odasani (2014)

Collaborations[edit]

  • A.R.M (Budo, Krudid, M.anifest) - Two Africans and a Jew EP (2011)
  • A.R.M (Budo, Krudid, M.anifest) ft Brother Ali - Heaven Only Knows (2009)
  • S&M (Sarah White & M.anifest) - Losing My Religion (2010)

External links[edit]

  • [1] Official site

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen share more details of Rocket Juice and the Moon". 
  2. ^ a b Star Tribune (2011-09-22). "M.anifest, continental drifter". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Tsatsu Tsikata's son Manifest wins two awards at VGMA 2013". Highstreetmail.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  4. ^ "M.anifest makes Ghana proud". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  5. ^ "The sound of Africa in 2015". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  6. ^ Bryan, Beverly (2012-09-27). "M.anifest Sells The Truth In Africa". Mtv Iggy. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  7. ^ Vita.MN. "Best New Bands: M.anifest Destiny". Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "BEST SONGWRITER Minneapolis 2008 - M.anifest". City Pages. 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  9. ^ Rhonda Prast (2007-12-27). "'Undisputed' champ: The top local albums of '07". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  10. ^ Patrin, Nate (2009-11-20). "M.anifest's free album 'The Birds & the Beats' available now | City Pages". Blogs.citypages.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  11. ^ Toledo, Manuel (2012-09-09). "BBC News - The Africa Express rolls into London". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  12. ^ "M.anifest: Africa Express: African Music Going Places". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  13. ^ "Interview: M.anifest Returns to Ghana « Okayafrica. Okayafrica". Okayafrica.com. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  14. ^ "Ghana's M.anifest to rock Big Brother Africa StarGame | Entertainment News". Entertainment.myjoyonline.com. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  15. ^ Categorized as (2012-11-03). "M.anifest, Ice Prince, Camp Mulla, others to perform at Channel O Awards". AmeyawDebrah.Com. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  16. ^ http://www.iweblimited.com (2012-09-01). "Sarkodie, D-Black, E.L, M.anifest nominated for Channel O Music Video Awards 2012 - Viasat1 Entertainment News". Viasat1.com.gh. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  17. ^ "Most comprehensive and credible Political, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Health and General news website in Ghana". citifmonline. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  18. ^ "M.anifest, Efya, Wanlov and others celebrate Ghana's Independence Day on Channel O". AmeyawDebrah.Com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  19. ^ "Africa: Ghana wants the world to hear it - Travel - NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. 2013-05-19. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  20. ^ Steps, Giant. "Giant Steps". 
  21. ^ Schell, Justin. "We Rock Long Distance". 
  22. ^ "American Composers Forum | Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)". Composersforum.org. Retrieved 2014-04-08.