KiDi

KiDi
KiDi at 2018 Ghana Music Awards
KiDi at 2018 Ghana Music Awards
Background information
Birth nameDennis Nana Dwamena
Also known asSugar Daddy
Born (1993-08-18) August 18, 1993 (age 28)
Accra, Ghana
GenresAfro pop, Highlife, Afrobeats
Occupation(s)Singer, song writer, producer
Years active2016–present
LabelsLynx Entertainment, MadeInENY, EMPIRE
Associated actsDavido, Teddy Riley, MzVee, Richie Mensah, Mayorkun, Kuami Eugene
WebsiteLynx Entertainment Website (Official)

Dennis Nana Dwamena, better known as KiDi, (born August 18, 1993) is a Ghanaian high-life and afrobeats singer-songwriter producer. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment , MadeInENY, EMPIRE and is best known for his hit single 'Ɔdɔ'. The remix features Nigerian superstars Mayorkun and Davido and has received massive airplay across Africa.[1] KiDi won the Highlife Song of the Year for his hit single 'Ɔdɔ at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards. He then went on to win the Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2019 Ghana Music Awards[2] and Album of the Year for his debut album Sugar at the 2020 Ghana Music Awards.[3]

Early life

KiDi was born Dennis Nana Dwamena[4] on August 18, 1993, in Accra, Ghana to Gerald and Beatrice Thompson. He received his primary school education at St. Anthony's School in Accra and proceeded to Accra Academy for his Senior High School education. He then went on to the University of Ghana Legon, where he graduated in 2016 with a degree in Economics and Information Studies.

Music career

Early beginnings and breakthrough

While studying Economics and Information Studies at the University of Ghana, KiDi's love for music led him to perform on various "Moonlight Café" platforms – a production that supports underground artistes and gives them a platform to display their talents. He also recorded covers of popular songs. In 2015, KiDi took a leap of faith by joining the MTN Hitmaker competition.[5] He went on to win the competition and was later signed to Lynx Entertainment.[6] KiDi shot to prominence in 2017 when he released "Say You Love Me" a song he not only composed but also arranged and produced. KiDi established himself as one of the fastest rising stars in Ghana when he released yet another chart-topper titled "Ɔdɔ" (meaning-Love) in July 2017, the remix with Nigerian artist Davido and Mayorkun in December 2017, and Adiepena in April 2018.[1] He followed this with several hit songs including the 2020 smash hit 'Say Cheese' which debuted on the UK's Official Afrobeats Chart.[7] KiDi was also featured on Wyclef Jean's show 'Run That Back' in 2020.[8]

Artistry

KiDi has mounted several stages including 2017 Rapperholic Concert,[9] Ghana Music Honors 2017 Edition, December to Remember 2017,[10] S Concert 2017,[11] the 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show in March 2018 at the Indigo 02 in London.[12] He has performed on the same stage as many award-winning African artists including Sarkodie, Samini, Shatta Wale, MzVee, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, Efya, and Patoranking. KiDi has also produced several tracks for other artists and co-produced with award-winning Ghanaian producer, Richie Mensah. He has also written for Ghanaian acts including the award-winning MzVee and Adina and has collaborated with artists such as Tic tac, Ko-Jo Cue, Magnom and Kwesi Arthur. KiDi received 6 nominations[13] at the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards including ‘Best New Artiste’, ‘Afro-pop Song of the Year’ and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and went on to win the award for ‘High-life Song of the Year’ at the awards[14] in April 2018. In May 2021, he released visuals of his song Touch It in his second studio album named The Golden Boy.[15] In July 2021, Kidi Performed for free at the Christ Ambassador School at Dansoman after a letter written by a pupil named Oswald to his mother requesting for a tall list of products he will need for the school's end of term party went viral. Kidi did not only perform some of his hit songs to the admiration of students and teachers, he also gifted a Samsung Galaxy Tab A to Oswald and some other products to his classmates.[16]

Discography

Singles

Year Title Producer Album
2017 Odo KiDi Non-Album Single
Odo Remix (featuring Mayorkun and Davido)
Say You Love Me
Things We Do 4 Love (featuring KiDi) Magnom & Paq Pineapple
2018 Don't Keep Me Waiting (featuring KiDi) Nytwulf Non-Album Single
Adiepena Dat Beat God
Thunder KiDi
Pene Ma Me ( featuring KiDi)
Drogba (Joanna) [featuring Mayorkun, Kuami Eugene, KiDi, Frenna] Team Salut Drogba (Joanna) Remixes
2019 Superman (Twitch 4EVA, Kwesi Arthur and KiDi) Yung Demz Non-Album Single
Bless me (featuring KiDi) WillisBeatz
Ohemaa (featuring KiDi) MOG Beatz
Say You Love Me (featuring Cina Soul) KiDi Sugar
Cinderella (featuring Mayorkun and Peruzzi)
Gyal Dem Sugar
Sugar Daddy (featuring Mr Eazi)
2020 Say Cheese Kayso Blue EP
Enjoyment MOG Beatz Non-Album Single
Come Back (featuring KiDi)
Say Cheese (Remix) Kayso
2021 Touch it KiDi The Golden Boy
Send Me Nudes (featuring Joey B)

Albums and EPs

  • Sugar (2019)[17]
  • Blue EP (2020)[18]
  • The Golden Boy (2021)[19]

Awards and nominations.

Year Organization Award Work Result
2017 4syte Music Video Awards Best Discovery Video Ɔdɔ Nominated[20]
2018 Ghana Music Awards Highlife Song of the Year Won[14]
Afropop Song of the Year Say You Love Me Nominated[13]
Highlife Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated[13]
Best Male Vocalist Ɔdɔ Nominated[13]
Best New Artiste Himself Nominated[13]
Song of the Year Ɔdɔ Nominated[13]
Ghana Music Awards (UK) Artist of the Year Himself Nominated[21]
Highlife Artist of the Year Nominated[22]
Best Male Vocalist Ɔdɔ Nominated[22]
Highlife Song of the Year Himself Nominated[22]
Best New Artist of the Year Nominated[22]
3Music Awards Male Act of the Year Nominated[23]
Breakout Act of the Year Nominated[23]
Song of the Year Ɔdɔ Nominated[24]
Most eventful Snapchat channel Himself Won[25]
AFRIMA Best Artiste Duo or Group in Africa Contemporary Won[26]
2019 Ghana Music Awards Highlife Artist of the Year Nominated[27]
Best Male Vocalist Won[2]
Song of the Year Thunder Nominated[27]
Highlife Song of the Year Nominated[27]
3Music Awards Best Male Vocal Performance Fakyɛ Me (meaning-Forgive Me) Won[28]
3Music Awards (UK) Highlife Act of the Year Himself Nominated[28]
Album Sugar Nominated[28]
4syte TV Music Video Awards Best Edited Video Cinderella Nominated[29]
Best Male Adiepɛna Nominated[29]
Best Highlife Nominated[29]
Best Collaboration Mr. Badman Nominated[29]
2020 Ghana Music Awards Highlife Artist of the Year Himself Nominated[3]
Afrobeats Song of the Year Mr Badman Nominated[3]
Male Vocalist of the Year Himself Nominated[3]
Best Collaboration of the Year Ɔhemaa (with Kuami Eugene) Nominated[3]
Best Collaboration of the Year Mr Badman (ft Kwesi Arthur) Nominated[3]
Album of the Year Sugar Won[3]
International Collaboration of the Year Cinderella (ft Mayorkun & Peruzzi) Nominated[3]
International Collaboration of the Year Sugar Daddy (ft Mr Eazi) Nominated[3]
Most Popular Song of the Year Mr Badman Nominated[3]
2021 3Music Awards Artist of the Year Himself Won[30]
EP of the Year BLUE Won[30]
Song of the Year Enjoyment Won[30]
Afro Beat Song of the Year Enjoyment Won[30]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated[31]
Afrobeat/Afropop Song of the Year "Say Cheese" Won[32]
Most Popular Song of the Year "Say Cheese" Nominated[33]
Most Popular Song of the Year "Enjoyment" Nominated[34]
Afrobeat/Afropop Artist of the Year Himself Won[35]
EP of the Year "Blue" Won[36]
Collaboration of the Year "One Man" (ft Adina) Nominated[37]
Best Male Vocal Performance Himself Nominated[38]
Best Highlife Song "Enjoyment" Won[39]
Male Vocalist of the Year "One Man" (ft. Adina) Nominated [1]

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