Kobi Onyame is a UK-based Ghanaian hip-hop artist and producer whose uplifting and colourful music draws heavily on African culture – both sonically and visually – creating a deft crossover between traditional hip-hop and Ghanaian rhythms, bridging the gap without feeling forced or contrived.
Having spent his early years living between Ghana, England and Scotland, Onyame prides himself on creating music that is both multicultural and diverse. A founding member of one of Ghana’s pioneering Hip-Hop groups, The Haatsville Project, along with other rappers including Jayso, Myth, Skrach and The Canz, his first success with music in the UK was when his mixtape song “Travelling Man” (performed under the pseudonym “Jae P”) was played on DJ Ras Kwame’s Homegrown show on BBC Radio 1Xtra in July, 2005.
Since then he has played at multiple festivals in the UK and has shared the bill with artists such as Kanye West, Nas, Akon, De La Soul and Flo Rida. In 2011 Onyame was named an ‘artist to watch’ by The Sun Newspaper in Scotland and by BBC Radio 1 DJ Vic Galloway, closely followed by MTV in 2012. Onyame was also the winner of the 2012 regional Unsung Award by MOBO and thus joined the MOBO tour that year.
His new album, Gold, released on September 1st 2017, is a vibrant spectacle with which he wanted to capture the feel of Highlife music without losing the Hip-Hop undertones. To this end he deploys a heavyweight brass section with abandon and huge success. Described as ‘effortlessly contemporary’ by Nation of Billions, his latest LP blurs the lines between worlds, nations and genres while commenting on our society, our dreams and our future.