Come Saturday 21 of next month, the Accra International Conference Centre will play sound-wall to high-profile DJs including 1995 DMC Technics UK Mixing Champion DJ Kofi and Rothmans Best DJ in West Africa 2001 and two-time overall Best DJ of the Year at Ghana DJ Awards, DJ Black, amongst other fantastic DJs.
Ghana DJ Awards shapes to be exciting as this is the first time fans of DJ Kofi would see him on the turntables performing in Ghana since 2007. It’s also resounding to see DJ Black perform at the Awards show for the first time.
This year – the biggest in the history of the awards, under the theme AMPLIFIED, organizers, Merqury Republic, in a quest to include all facets of the Disc Jockeying, have revealed plans for a spectacular DJ showdown and a typical Night Club setting at the Foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre on February 21.
The highly anticipated event which has received positive reviews on radio and trending on social media will see some of the country’s top celebrities, music acts and iconic Disc Jockeys.
Kofi’s DJ career really too off in 1995 when he was crowned DMC Technics UK Mixing Champion and an international DJ star was born. Kofi recalls ‘literally the next day after the UK final my phone was ringing off the hook with all sorts of job offers from production to Djing’.
After doing guest spots on Radio 1 and Kiss FM Kofi finally found a home in radio on Choice FM where he held down a prime time Mix show (12pm – 1pm). It became one of London’s most popular mix shows from 1995 to 2002. At the turn of the Millennium Kofi revisited a style of DJing that he started doing first in 1991, what is now know as the mash up. In 2000 he released mix album “Its been a long time” which became a blueprint for the style.
After being asked by Sony Music to do a mix for the late Michael Jackson’s “Invincible” European album launch and seeing the finished product come back as an audio visual mix. Kofi’s mind was open to the endless possibilities of AV mixing.
Some years later Kofi added AV to his live show repertoire. Over the last 10 years Kofi’s turntable wizardry and innovative selections have taken him to over 43 countries. Residencies in Russia, Greece, Switzerland and Bungalow 8 in the UK have brought audiences, fans and friends to his global music and energetic sets.
The sole DJ at the first MTV Africa awards Kofi is a favourite among crowds and known as the entertainer’s entertainer. Rocking parties such as Coldplay’s ‘end of world tour party’ at Wembley Arena, Blur’s Hyde Park comeback concert after party, Jay Z after party and the Williams sisters Wimbledon championship parties the diversity of the gigs as eclectic as the music and visuals.