(born 28 June 1983), better known by his stage name EL, is an award-winning Ghanaian record producer, rapper and sound engineer.
EL grew up in the largest estate in Dansoman. He first attended St. Martin De Porres School in Dansoman where he excelled as a top student and later transferred to Jack and Jill where he completed his Junior Secondary School level.
He then gained admission to the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, where he discovered his musical talent. After high school, he pursued a degree in economics and political science at the University of Ghana, Legon.
During his first year in the university, EL signed to Jayso’s Skillions Records alongside other notable young Ghanaian underground artists like Gemini, Kevin Beats, Killmatic and Lil Shaker, and helped Jayso co-produce the Skillionaires Demotape. However, after graduating from the university, the Skillions broke up and EL became a solo artist. He acquired a studio in Asylum Down and began working on a new mixtape. He went as far as releasing a single, “Chale (So Fli)”, with Jay Foley, Wolf and Kwaku T (remix). However the mixtape was never released.
EL relocated to a better studio at Osu, and invested all his available funds in acquiring state-of-the-art equipment much to the chagrin of family and friends. EL got signed to BBnZ live. His debut double album, Something Else, was released on 1 June 2012 by Akwaaba Music, and is a blend of different varieties of music inspired from various sources.
EL released his second studio album entitled Elom and has so far released the singles “No Size”, “Ayayaa” and “Crazy Love” featuring Nigerian recording artist Ice Prince. He released The Best African Rapper album, shortened as The B.A.R on 20 May 2014. It featured Ayigbe Edem, Sarkodie, Joey B, C-Real, Gemini, Lil Shaker, Stargo, P. K. and Dex Kwasi.
EL announced he was working a B.A.R 2, releasing the cover art and later dropping three songs ‘All Black’, ‘State Of The Nation’ and ‘King Without A Crown. On 29th August, 2015, he followed up with the B.A.R 2 concert featuring Wanlov, Ko-jo Cue, DJ Mic Smith and more.
EL has produced hit songs for many elite hip hop, hiplife and R&B performers, such as Sarkodie (“You Go Kill Me”, “Dangerous”), D-Black (“Get On the Dancefloor”), Reggie Rockstone (“Rockstone’s Office”), Asem (“Check Your Weight”), Geelex (“Bend Your Body”) and many more.
In 2010 and 2011, EL heralded the Global Azonto Madness by producing most of the hit songs, including “You Go Kill Me”, “Dangerous”, and his own hit singles, “Obuu Mo” and “Kaalu”.
Magnom , real name Joseph Bulley , is a Ghanaian music producer , whose productions are usually a fusion of other genres with AfroBeats. He gained the attention of Ghanaians and won the hearts of many after his hit production “illuminati” with Ghanaian BET award winner Sarkodie.
Magnom grew up around a dad who loved and listened to all genres of music , something he believes made him develop love for music. Regardless , he didn’t get much support from his parents initially , as they saw his love for music production as a hobby.
He started out as a rapper (A duo named the “Dream Team” consisting of himself and Asem) but he quit rap for sometime and during that period , he came across a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and realised he could actually create music with it .
Magnom attended Christ The King (Kindergarten to JSS) , St. Peters (SHS) and University Of Ghana , Legon (Tetiary) studying Psychology, Linguistics and Religion.
Magnom started working as a producer professionally while he was in the university and through working with Asem (who was becoming a mainstream artiste), he was introduced to other mainstream artistes.
Since then he has worked with several top artistes such as Sarkodie , VVIP , Samini, Stonebwoy, Edem , Mr Eazi, Raquel, Guru , 2face , Shaker , Kojo Cue Flowking Stone Popcaan, Treach( Naughty By Nature) just to mention a few.
In 2014 Magnom started to make the transition from producer to recording artist and eventually performing artist. His first single major single was the EDM song Kpa on which he featured Castro it was widely received but he didn’t have his voice on it. He finally recorded and released his solo single called “Too Fine” in 2015. The song was a trap song and was released with a video to critical acclaim but it didn’t do great commercially. Finally after 8 more singles his breakthrough came with “My Baby”. After that he hasn’t looked back with Overfeed Me feat Mr Eazi and Bam Bam feat Spacely doing very well commercially. He has also released 3 music projects named “Mature By Nature” , “We Speed” and “We Speed 2”.
Production Credits(Summary) :
Edem Ft Reekado Banks – NyeDziLo
Sarkodie – Illuminati
Sarkodie – Bounce
Edem ft Lil Shaker & Ice Queen – Koene
Lil Shaker ft Edem, Sarkodie, Joey B, Raquel, Kelvin Beats – I No Dey See You Sef
VVIP Ft PhyNo & Idris Elba – Selfie(Remix)
Asem – Wasted
Sarkodie ft Stonebwoy – Currency
Samini ft Popcaan – Violate
Edem ft Coded – Wicked and Bad
Edem ft Gemini, Cabum, Darko, MacM, Teephlow, Bebelino, AYAT, Medikal – Egboame Remix
Sarkodie – Take It Back (Co produced with Mike Mills)
Magnom feat Joey B – My Baby
Ad Music Production
MTN stand up ( World Cup Song)
MTN Go Rio promo
MTN After 1 (Nkomode)
MTN Ghana At 60 Song
KFC Crunch Burger Song
Akpanga Looney Gasmilla Shaker Lay Low
Jam Jam Joey Dampoo Medal Shaker Edem Pappy
Kpa feat Castro
Money In My Pocket feat Ayat &
BEX feat Raquel
My Baby Feat Joey B
Human Being Feat Kidi
Bam Bam feat Spacely
Sokoo feat Edem
“Mature By Nature”
“We Speed 2”
Albums Worked On
Tough Times Don’t Last (Asem)
Books and Rhymes (Edem)
Gifted ( Flowking Stone)
Joey B’s unique style and his approach to music has led to a massive change in the hip-life, high-life, afro-beats and hip-hop genres in Ghana having influence on a lot of the youth in Ghana, some parts of Africa and other parts of the world. He is a singer, songwriter and rapper who realized his musical talent at age 6. He formed a group and helped in ghost writing most of the songs the group made together.
Christened Darryl Paa Kwesi Bannerman- Martin, Joey B born on the 20th of August, 1989 hails from Cape Coast in the Central Region. His junior and senior high schooling were at St. Theresa’s and Accra High respectively.
Joey B’s career since joining Ghana’s music scene has seen some growth with his fast spreading music and how the widening of his music lovers. His music comes in pidgin, English, Twi, Ga and Fante. Like himself, has worked with most of the greats like JaySo, founder of Skillions group of which he was a part of ‘The New Generation Skillions’ in 2009 creating amazing tunes among the youth, ace Ghanaian producer Hammer of the Last Two, D Black who signed him under the BAM label in 2012 where he produced hits like Tonga and Strawberry. Other artistes he worked with were top acts like Sarkodie, EL, Edem, producer Kuvie, DarkoVibes, Fuse ODG, Nxwrth, Shaker, Pappy Kojo amongst other artistes. Joey B is influenced by Wanlov, M3nsa, Drake, Kanye West and Kid Cudi.
In summer 2016, Joey B released a masterpiece from his first (Upcoming) debut album 89 where he featured Mutombo the Poet. On that same album he has a single featuring Medikal . Joey B released a self –titled EP ‘Darryl’ in 2017 featuring few budding and potential superstars. Joey B in 2014 won the best New Artiste of the year at the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
U X Me , Sweetie Pie, Ranger, 89, Chorkor Special, Nsa, Cigarette, Tonga, F.O.H, Sunshine amongst other songs are all credits of Joey B.
Joey has toured Ghana, Europe, the U.K, and China and was one of the artistes to grace Coke Studio Africa stage alongside other African artistes. In 2005 he was the 1st musician from Africa to ever be signed as brand ambassador for Adidas. His sense of fashion made waves amongst the youth with his trendsetting skinny jeans, tattered clothing and cowboy hat.
Michael Owusu Addo, known by his stage name Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist from Tema. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards. In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e-TV Ghana. He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance.
Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa’s greatest Hip hop artists. MTV ranked him number 6 on their list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014. In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him number 1 on their list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers Of All Time”. In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him number 3 on their list of the “Top 10 African Rappers Of 2015”. In 2015, Sarkodie was named by The Guardian as one of the top five hip hop acts on the African continent.
Sarkodie, the fourth of five children, was born and raised in Tema to his mother Maame Aggrey. Sarkodie started rapping at a very young age and continued throughout his educational career. He earned a degree in Graphic Design from IPMC.
Sarkodie began his instrumental career as an underground rapper; he appeared on Adom FM’s popular rap competition Kasahare Level. It was through rap battles that he met his former manager Duncan Williams of Duncwills Entertainment.
He also met musicians Edem and Castro who introduced him to Hammer of The Last Two, an established record producer. Hammer decided to feature Sarkodie on two songs off the Volta Regime album after being impressed by his rap flows.
After this exposure, Sarkodie recorded his debut album Makye. His first single “Baby”, featuring Mugeez of the duo group R2Bees, became an instant hit and made Sarkodie a household name within the Ghanaian music industry.
After battling rappers from the popular rap competition, Kasahare Level, Sarkodie signed a record deal with Duncwills Entertainment. He released his 2009 debut album Makye, with production from Killbeatz and Jayso as well as guest appearances from Kwaw Kese, J-Town, Sway and Paedae of R2Bees. The album received positive reviews from critics and fans. It was launched at the Accra Mall; in addition, a follow-up concert was held at Holy City Gardens in Accra.
In 2010, Sarkodie’s “Push” and “Baby” songs were ranked ninth and thirteenth on Joy Fm’s Top 50 songs of 2009, respectively.
In 2011, Sarkodie released “Good Bye”, “One Time For Your Mind”, “You Go Kill Me”, “Living Legend”, and “Onyame Nhyira” as lead singles off the Rapperholic album. “You Go kill Me”, which features EL, was well-received throughout Ghana. Sulley Muntari, Castro, Deborah Owusu-Bonsu, X.O Senovoe, DJ Mensah and Funny Face made cameo appearances in the video.
In 2012, Sarkodie launched the Rapperholic album which received positive reviews from music critics. The album features guest appearances from Efya, Chidynma, Mugeez of R2Bees, Obrafour, Jayso, EL and others.
Sarkodie went on a nationwide tour to support the album. The Rapperholic album earned Sarkodie his first BET nomination and subsequent win. Sarkodie was also featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Talib Kweli, Jean Grae and Ab-Soul. He was the only African act featured on the cypher.
On October 30, 2013, Sarkodie released the official remix for his 2011 hit track “You Go Kill Me” which peaked at number 1 on various charts in Ghana. The remix features Wizkid, Ice Prince, Navio and EL.
On December 21, 2013, a concert was put together to launch the Sarkology album which was released on January 2, 2014. The launch was held at the Accra Sports Stadium. The album features guest appearances from Fuse ODG, AKA, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, 2 Face Idibia, Joey B and Efya, among others.
After releasing the Sarkology album, Sarkodie released the official remix for “Adonai”. The remix became an instant hit across Africa, and was featured in BBC’s Capital Xtra Top 35 Afrobeats Songs.
Sarkodie launched his own record label, Sarkcess Music, in 2014. As part of the launch, he premiered the video for “Adonai” remix and “Special Someone” which features Castro and AKA, respectively. Sarkodie also released the songs “Megye Wo Girl”, “Love Rocks”, “Chingum”, “Whine Fi Me” under the label.
M.anifest is an internationally acclaimed award-winning Hip Hop artist from Accra, Ghana, known for musical boundary crossing, multilingual wordplay, and a refreshing hybrid songwriting approach that acknowledges both his Ghanaian upbringing and his sojourns in the West. Described in 2015 by the Guardian (UK) as “the foremost rapper on the continent,” M.anifest’s originality and impressive lyricism has earned him collaborations with musical giants such as Tony Allen, Damon Albarn, Flea (Red hot Chili Peppers), Erykah Badu, Femi Kuti, A.B Crentsil and more.
M.anifest is currently working on a full length album, [untitled] to be released this year.
“Untitled” is his journey to a new musical frontier. “I hear and see it as not merely a collision of Highlife and Hip-Hop, but experimentation and distortion of both to move beyond what’s popular today,” he says.
2014 saw a blossoming of M.anifest’s artistry, continental presence, and international credentials. He was chosen as the first artist featured on the BBC World Service Africa Beats program. He joined British musical royalty Damon Albarn on a major tour of several countries in Europe and South America in the summer and fall. He also released stunning visuals for Someway Bi and No Shortcut to Heaven whiles cementing his reputation as one of the best and musically mature live performers in Ghana.
Born in Accra, Ghana as Kwame Tsikata, M.anifest is the grandson of 93 year old Prof. J.H Nketia, one of the leading ethnomusicologists and composers in Africa. M.anifest spent a decade (2001 – 2011) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where he cut his professional musical teeth. Upon his return to Ghana in December 2011, his unapologetically modern African musical identity quickly brought a notoriety across Africa.
Less than two years after his return to the continent M.anifest was awarded the best rapper and best Hip-Hop song awards at the 2013 Ghana music awards as well as various other continental nods. The success of his last project, Apae: the Price of Free EP (December 2013), which he described as “inspired and provoked by Ghana,” lay in the witty narratives of songs such as Someway Bi and the sincere aspirations and cautionary tales told in songs such as No Shortcut to Heaven.
Over the years, M.anifest has been involved in various album projects and tours. He has released four formidable solo efforts: Apae the Price of Free EP (2013), Immigrant Chronicles (2011), The Birds and the Beats (2009), Manifestations (2007). He was prominently featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice & the Moon album that was a collaborative effort from Tony Allen, Damon Albarn and Flea. M.anifest has also been a frequently featured artist on Africa Express platforms. He was part of the historic Africa Express train tour of the U.K in 2012,
Honest Jons Chop up European tour (2012), the Africa Express World Cup showcase in Paris (2010), as well as the Africa Express showcase in La Coruna, Spain that had him playing alongside Amadou & Mariam, Femi Kuti, Mick Jones, John Paul Jones and more.
His versatility is not just epitomized in his lyrical dexterity and use of multiple languages (English, Twi, and Pidgen), but in his ability to collaborate across a vast musical spectrum. His recent list of collaborators – Kindness (UK), Kwame Yeboah (Ghana), HHP & Proverb (South Africa), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Camp Mulla (Kenya), Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (U.S) – affirms this.
M.anifest’s creativity and entrepreneurial bent has also meant that he is a much sought after public speaker. He is a co-founder of Giant Steps (www.GiantStepsMN.com), a five-year old conference for creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial creatives. 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.
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