Born Kwame Ametepe Tsikata in Accra, M.anifest is one of Ghana’s finest ever rappers. He has come a long way since his self-promoted Manifestations album (2007) won him the City Pages Songwriter of the Year award in Minnesota. He was said to have “the kind of assured, joyful, ruminative voice that made Mos Def into Hollywood’s favourite conscious-rap star.”
Grandson of an ethnomusicologist and son to a celebrated lawyer, the economics graduate was voted 2013’s best rapper at the Ghana Music Awards, and was named among four artists to look out for in 2015 by BBC’s The Strand.
M.ani, as his fans affectionately call him, is adept at fusing his western experiences with his African upbringing, seen not only in his way of dressing, but also in lyricism and themes. He has worked with international stars like the Tony Allen, Damon Albarn, Flea (Red hot Chili Peppers), Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, A.B Crentsil, and others. M.anifest has produced three studio albums: M.anifestations (2007), Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America (2011), and Apae: Price of Free EP (2013).
For this list, only songs from his three studio albums are considered. Thus, his award winning Makaa Maka, and equally provocative, Keep Shining do not make the cut, even though both are among the best of the now self-styled godMC. The Birds and Beats, a free mixtape, has not been considered.
His latest project, Nowhere Cool, is out on September 08, 2016
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