22 year old Kwame, popped up on our radar after he was featured on Nkenten’s Decaf playlist. The Nairobi slash Boston native makes some of the most heart warming vocal infused and instrumentalised music ever. The Berklee educated young man kicked it back as we talked about his most recent project, Mr Dreamer and future work.
You are Kenyan/you come from Kenya. Kwame is a distinctively Ghanaian name. How do you have that? Is that your real name?
My father is from Ghana and my mother’s from Kenya. And yes, it really is my name haha. Born on Saturday and everything.
Since you’re out of uni, what do you do when you’re not making music?
Not much, to be honest. Read. Watch TV series (Community and one punch have my attention currently), take walks, chill with friends and family. used to skate at night time, but i need a new board now.
Tell us about your childhood and the choir influence.
I grew up in different churches, and there was always a choir involved in some way. I was a part of some of them as a child. I also grew up in a family that always sang when we gathered, and everyone went to their part when it was time to sing. Thanks to them, harmony was in my life long before English was.
Which songs on the EP were your school assignments, which one was an early morning stream of consciousness, etc?
Mmm… I think I’ll keep that answer for myself, and the people who already know.
If you could pick any three people to work on the perfect music with, who would you pick and why?
Not sure about perfect, but I would love to see what would happen if I got Vanessa Carlton, Bon Iver, and Frank Ocean in a room together. Just to see if we could make something work.
Each have made aesthetic choices in their music that blended simplicity, honesty, imperfection, and experimentation that helped me embrace some of my own artistic quirks.
And if I could have a fourth person, (because only three?!) Lianne la Havas. For the same reasons as the others. and because she’s Lianne la Havas.