Artist Interview: Kojo Easy Damptey
Tell us about yourself and your music
I am an award winning singer/songwriter born and raised in Ghana. My music is a fusion of different genres of music mainly hip-hop, highlife music, soul music and funk. By fusing these genres of music I would say you could call my music Afro-Soul.
My music is filled with poignant lyrics meant to address societal issues in an attempt to enact change in the lives of humanity. My debut album “Daylight Robbery” was released in October 2013 and featured the likes of Canadian Winter, Sara London, Lee Reed and Mother Tareka. The record won Pop recording of the year at the 2015-Hamilton Music Awards.
I am currently going into the studio to record my sophomore record titled “Giants”, which will be released on Sep 12th, 2017. The release date will celebrate the life of Amilcar Cabral, one of Africa’s anti-colonial leaders.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Daylight Robbery is a concept album that deals with the many stories of marginalized people in our world today.
What inspired you to write this release?
As an African, specifically Ghanaian, I saw that there were many stories of marginalization on the African continent as well as in the West. It was important for me to talk about some of these issues on an album.
Any plans to release a video?
We decided to release “Africa”, I song dedicated to Africans and people of African descent.
Any plans to hit the road?
Since the release of the record, we have been on the road playing in cities across Canada and Ghana.
This year we will be heading into the studio to record my second full length called Giants.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I brand my music a decolonial music. It’s music that deals with how people can challenge colonialism. Not many musicians/artists would classify their music as such.
I believe that is why my music stands out.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I am listening to KHARI WENDELL MCCLELLAND, JANELLE MONAE, AMADOU & MARIAM
Tell us about your passions
I love being involved in academic learning, love social justice initiatives and you can always find me on the basketball court.
What else is happening next in your world?
Focusing on making my next record “Giants” the best music I have put out to date and enjoying time with all the musicians working with me.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Kojo!
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