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 34)
Accra, Ghana
OriginAccra, Ghana
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • entrepreneur
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsBlack Avenue Muzik
Associated acts
WebsiteDblackgh.com

Desmond Kwesi Blackmore (born January 12, 1987), known by his stage name D-Black, is a Ghanaian anglophone hip-hop and Afrobeat musician and entrepreneur from.[1] Forbes Africa described him in their May 2019 issue as one of Ghana’s most successful music moguls and "a creative in the numbers game”.[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] D-Black is a former United Nations Celebrity Ambassador and is currently Ghana’s Tourism Ambassador.

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.

Black Avenue Muzik

D-Black is the CEO Black Avenue Muzik record label. Under the record label is D-Black himself, producer of the year at the 2015 VGMA's DJ Breezy, Sefa and other acts including Ms. Forson, Osayo & rapper Nina Ricchie, as well as music producer Rony, Turn Me Up. Black Avenue Muzik was also home to Joey B as well as other acts whose agreements with the label were annulled after a year in 2019 including Freda Rhymz, Dahlin Gage & Wisa Greid.[4] Black Avenue Muzik won record label of the year at the 2018 Ghana - Naija Entertainment Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.[5] and were nominated for the record label of the year at the 2019 Ghana Entertainment Awards in New York.[6]

Other ventures

Black Avenue Clothing

Founded in 2012 with its next line out soon, Black Avenue Clothing is a design company, marketer and importer of men and women's apparel that D-Black owns.[7]

Livewire Events

D-Black is also the CEO of Livewire Events, an events management company founded in 2015 that produces social and corporate events. Livewire Events in 2015 produced one of Ghana’s biggest Boxing Fights at the Kumasi Sports Stadium between Bukom Banku vs Ayittey Powers with performances from Ghanaian acts Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Efya.[8] Livewire Events flagship events include the annual Celebrity Soccer Weekend. They have also put together festivals including the 2018 Kundum Festival Jam in Axim for the Ministry of Tourism.[9]

Black Avenue Films/TV

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D-Black invested in Black Avenue TV / Film Inc, producers of ‘Why Should I Get Married’ movie starring John Dumelo (Ghana), Maria Nepembe (Namibia), Princess Shyngle (Gambia), Eya (Ghana), Prince David Osei (Ghana). He also executive produced ‘THE EFGH SHOW’ hosted by Peace Hyde in 2015.[10]

Club Onyx and Oasis Lounge

D-Black founded a nightclub in the city of Accra,'Club Onyx'.[11] The nightclub is located in Accra in the Cantonments neighborhood across the Presidential residence (Flagstaff House), Club Onyx has hosted numerous of Ghanaian, Nigerian, Southern African celebrities.[12]

By 2018, D-Black had also opened up ‘Oasis Lounge’ a pool and shisha Lounge located in Cantonments[13]

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)

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
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[14]
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
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
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
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 Male Hip-hop Artiste(of the Decade) - Nominated[16]
The Next Big Thing Award - Won
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
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
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[17]
2015 Ghana Music Awards Hip-life Song of the Year Seihor Won
2016 4Syte Music Video Awards Male Video of the Year Kotomoshi Won
4Syte Music Video Awards Hiplife Video of the Year Kotomoshi Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards Best Directed Video of the Year Kotomoshi Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards 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[18]
4Syte Music Video Awards Male Video of the Year Bottles Nominated
4Syte Music Video Awards 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

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References

  1. ^ "Who Is Desmond Kwesi Blackmore? –News Ghana". Newsghana.com.gh. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ "The Creative in the Numbers Game". 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ "D-Black".
  4. ^ "D Black confirms exit of 4 artistes from Black Avenue Muzik -". 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/entertainment/Black-Avenue-Muzik-emerge-best-record-label-at-Ghana-Naija-Showbiz-awards-699045/
  6. ^ "D Black signs Wisa, two new acts to his label". 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ https://newsghana.com.gh/d-black-to-launch-the-trendy-comfortable-and-affordable-black-avenue-clothing-brand /
  8. ^ "Bukom Banku: I'll stop Ayittey Powers in Round 5". 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Musical concert climaxes successful Kundum festival | Ghana Music | Events". 20 September 2018.
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47HyHsVKwT8
  11. ^ "These are the best 10 nightclubs in Ghana". 6 April 2018.
  12. ^ https://enewsgh.com/2019/10/02/accras-flyest-nightlife-destination-club-onyx-celebrates-their-3-year-anniversary/
  13. ^ "DSTV to hosts Money Fight at Club Onyx & Oasis Lounge". 24 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Good Year For D-Black With Several Awards Nominations" Ghanacelebrities.com
  15. ^ "Best International Act: Africa". BET Awards 2001.
  16. ^ Full Nomination list for Ghana Hiphop & R&B Awards 2011...J-Town, Obrafour, Kweku T and more included. Modern Ghana.
  17. ^ "D-Black shoots world class video for 'Change Your Life' in SA" Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine Ghana Music.com
  18. ^ "Full List – 4Syte TV Music Video Awards 2017 Winners #4SYTETVMVAs17". 19 November 2017.

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