D-Black

D-Black
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Background information
Birth nameDesmond Kwesi Blackmore
Also known asDa Ghana Bwouy
Born (1987-01-12) 12 January 1987 (age 35)
Accra, Ghana
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • entrepreneur
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsBlack Avenue Muzik

Desmond Kwesi Blackmore (born January 12, 1987), known by his stage name D-Black, is an anglophone hip-hop and Afrobeat musician and entrepreneur from Ghana.[1] He has been described as "a successful entertainment mogul"[2]

Early life

Born Desmond Kwesi Blackmore on 12 January 1987 to Ghanaian & English parents, Blackmore attended Ridge Church School then to Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary before the University of Cape Coast to study B.A Economics and University Of Ghana, Legon to study BFA Theatre Arts / Music.

Career

In 2009, D-Black began his career as an independent artist in the group D-Black & Kwaku T releasing a group album ‘Target Practice’. In 2010 D-Black and his rap partner both went solo. He went on to release three albums (Music, Love and Life, The Revelation, Lightwork’ 1 E.P (Smoke and Mirrors) and 1 mix-tape (Hunger & Thirst) over the years. He has been nominated for numerous awards and won several, including the 2011 BET Awards.[3]

He has collaborated with some of African acts including Davido, Mayorkun, M.I, Phyno, Ice Prince, Seyi Shay from Nigeria, Cassper Nyovest, Bucie, HHP from South Africa, Stanley Enow from Cameroon, Stella Mwangi from Kenya and Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania as well as Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, StoneBwoy, Castro, Bisa Kdei, Efya, King Promise, Kuami Eugene E.L, Kwabena Kwabena, VVIP and more from his homeland Ghana[4].[5][citation needed]

Black Avenue Muzik

D-Black is the CEO of record label Black Avenue Muzik, with act including himself, DJ Breezy, Sefa, Ms. Forson, Osayo & rapper Nina Ricchie, as well as music producer Rony, Turn Me Up. Former acts include Joey B, Freda Rhymz, Dahlin Gage & Wisa Greid.[6] It won record label of the year at the 2018 Ghana - Naija Entertainment Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.[7] and was nominated for the record label of the year at the 2019 Ghana Entertainment Awards in New York.[8]

Other ventures

Black Avenue Clothing

Founded in 2012, a design company, marketer and importer of men and women's apparel.[9]

Livewire Events

Livewire Events is an events management company founded in 2015. In 2015 they produced the Bukom Banku vs Ayittey Powers boxing match at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. It included performances from Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Efya.[10] Other notable events include the 2018 Kundum Festival Jam in Axim for the Ministry of Tourism.[11]

Black Avenue Films/TV

Produced Why Should I Get Married movie starring John Dumelo, Maria Nepembe, Princess Shyngle, Eya, Prince David Osei, and The EFGH Show hosted by Peace Hyde in 2015.

Discography

Albums

  • Target Practice (2009)
  • Music, Love & Life (2010)
  • The Revelation (2012)
  • Lightwork (2016)
  • Hunger & Thirst Mixtape (2017)
  • Smoke & Mirrors E.P (2019)

Singles

  • "Move" w/ Kwaku T (2009)
  • Breathe" w/ Kwaku T (2010)
  • "Somebody" ft. Kwabena Kwabena (2011)
  • "Get On the Dancefloor" ft. D Cryme (2011)
  • "Ma Me Five" (2011)
  • "Asabone" ft. Reggie Rockstone (2011)
  • "My Kinda Girl" ft. Sarkodie (2012)
  • "Change Your Life" ft. E.L (2012)
  • "Vera" ft. Joey B (2012)
  • "Black Clouds' ft. Waje (2013)
  • "Conference Call" ft. Kwaw Kese, Sarkodie (2013)
  • "Woara" ft. Kesse (2013)
  • "Setewaa D3nky3" (2013)
  • "Party Gbee" (2013)
  • "Carry Go" ft. Davido (2013)
  • "Personal Person" ft. Castro (2014)
  • "Seihor" w/ Castro (2014)
  • "Kotomoshi (2015)
  • "Champ" ft. M.I Abaga (2016)
  • "Omega" ft. Sarkodie (2016)
  • "Bottles" ft. Medikal (2017)
  • "Julie" ft. Bisa KDei (2017)
  • "Makoma" ft. Mayorkun (2017)
  • "Nobody" ft. King Promise (2018)
  • "Badder" ft. Kuami Eugene(2019)
  • "Dat Ting" ft. Joey B (2019)
  • "Obiba" ft. Kidi (2019)
  • "Miracle" (2019)
  • "Falaa" ft. Medikal (2019)
  • "Heaven Or Hell" ft. Sefa (2019)
  • "Stay" ft. Simi (2019)
  • "Sheege" ft. Gyakie (2021)

Awards and nominations

Year Event Award Song Results
2009 Channel O Music Video Awards Best West African Move Nominated
2010 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Hip-Hop / Hip-life Song of the Year Breathe Nominated [12]
Music Video of the Year Breathe Won
Museke African Music Awards Music Video of the Year Breathe Nominated
African Music Awards, London Music Video of the Year Breathe Won
Channel O Music Video Awards, South Africa Best Hip-hop Breathe Nominated
Best Music Video Breathe Nominated
Sound City Music Awards, Nigeria Best Collaboration Somebody Nominated
Best New Video Believe Nominated
4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Overall Video Breathe Nominated
Best Storyline in a Video Breathe Won[13]
Best Directed Video Breathe Nominated
Best Collaboration in a Video Breathe Won
Best Group Video Breathe Nominated
2011 Ghana Music Awards Hip hop/ Hip-life Artist of the Year None Nominated [14]
Hip hop Song of the Year Get on Da Dancefloor Won
Songwriter of the Year Somebody Nominated
Collaboration of the Year Somebody Nominated
Album of the Year Music, Love & Life Nominated
BET Awards Best International Artist of the Year (Africa) - Nominated[15]
Ghana Gospel Industry Awards Alternate Gospel Song of the year Somebody Nominated [16]
Alternate Gospel Video of the year Somebody Won
Channel O Music Video Awards Best African West Get on Da Dancefloor Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards Best Photography in a video Somebody Nominated [17]
Best Hip-hop Video Get on da dancefloor Nominated
Best Collaboration in a video Somebody Nominated
Best Edited Video Get on Da Dancefloor Nominated
Music Video Awards Best African Act Get on Da Dancefloor Nominated
Ghana Hip-hop Awards The Next Big Thing Award - Won
Male Hip-hop Artiste(of the Decade) - [18]
Hip-hop album (of the Decade) - Nominated
Best Collaboration Breathe Nominated
Hip-hop Artiste of the year - Won
2012 Ghana Music Awards Hip-hop Song of the year My Kinda Girl Nominated [19]
Music Video of the year My Kinda Girl Nominated
Album of the Year The Revelation Nominated
HSH Awards Most Influential Artiste - Won
Hip-hop World Awards Best International Artiste - Nominated
Channel O Music Video Awards Best West Africa video Falling Won
MTN 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Collaboration Falling Won
2013 Ghana Music Awards Artist of the year - Nominated [20]
Song of the Year Vera Nominated
Hip-life Song of the Year Vera Nominated
Hip-hop Song of the Year Falling Nominated
Hip-hop/Hip-life Artiste of the Year - Nominated
Ghana Music Awards UK Song of the year Vera Won
Collaboration of the year Vera Won
Channel O Music Video Awards Best Africa West Vera Nominated [21]
2015 Ghana Music Awards Hip-life Song of the Year Seihor Won
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Male Video of the Year Kotomoshi Won [22]
Hiplife Video of the Year Kotomoshi Nominated
Best Directed Video of the Year Kotomoshi Nominated
Most Influential Artist of the Year D-Black Nominated
2017 Ghana Movie Awards Soundtrack the Year D-Black ft. Efya Won
4Syte Music Video Awards Hiplife Video of the Year Bottles Won [23]
Male Video of the Year Bottles Nominated
Photography Video of the Year Bottles Nominated
2018 40 Under 40 Awards Entrepreneur the Year (Hospitality) D-Black (Club Onyx) Won
2019 Ghana Entertainment Awards Awards Artist / Entrepreneur of the Year D-Black Won
2022 3Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [24]
Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year Enjoyment Minister

ft. Quamina MP, Stonebwoy

Nominated
Hiplife/Hip Hop Act of the Year Himself Nominated
Album of the Year Loyalty Nominated


References

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