Kwesi Selassie

Kwesi Selassie

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Kwesi Selassie "The Lion Of Africa", unsurpassed character, boils and heaves with explosive energy in his audience interactive performances.

Biography

Kwesi Selassie is an artist of unsurpassed character, boiling with enthusiasm, charismatic, and has the ability to mesmerize his fans with high flying energy, and an audience interactive performance second to none!
Judgement Day screams of the awareness that we must proclaim for what the future holds. Exclaiming the importance of the past, present and future. KWESI SELASSIE encourages us to concentrate on the fact that the future lies in our own hands lies in our own hands. “Whatever we do today we must account for it tomorrow, sometimes we think we can run but we can't run away from ourselves. " We reap what we sow. " .........Says the Lion.
Kwesi Selassie, formerly known as John Kwesi Selassie, was born in Takoradi, the capital city of the Western region of Ghana, in West Africa. Although he was raised in Takoradi, Kwesi hails from Agona Nsaba in the central region of Ghana, the hometown of his parents.
Kwesi Selassie, at the tender age of 11, began singing and playing the guitar. He would sit under palm trees, exploding with curiosity while experimenting with wires placing them over empty tomato cans and successfully manufacturing his own guitar. Other instruments, such as the bass guitar, drums, percussion and piano would continue to arouse his interest and he would not be satisfied until he learned of each of their worth. It would not be long until his Takoradi secondary school classmates and everyone in his hometown would know Kwesi as the "Musical Prince".
Having been strongly influenced by Mom and Dad, Kwesi decided to move to London in pursuit of a career in law. Like all parents Mr.,. Isaac Sackey-Selassie and his wife, the Queen Mother Nana Baah Agyekum I, encouraged their son to strive for a professional career fit for his title "Prince'' However, Kwesi's drive to become a musician was far too strong to be reversed. After three years of pleasing his parents, Kwesi ended his preliminary studies in law and returned to Ghana to embrace his first love, music.
It was Kwesi's return to Ghana that would earn him his title "The Lion of Africa". Kwesi reappeared in the music scene with the rage of a true African Lion. He began singing and playing the guitar with many spectacular bands such as the Keletigui et ses Tamborini of Conakry, Guinea and The Osabarima Band of Takoradi, Ghana. One of his most remembered performances in West Africa was in Nzerekore, Guinea in honor of the President, Lansana Conte for a traditional ceremonial event.
Kwesi, now a multitalented songwriter and self taught musician would begin traveling, touring and recording his own albums. He first moved to Quebec City, (Quebec), Canada, in 1993, by invitation of his ex-manager, Mario Gauthier where he would begin his upward trend in the music scene, in a hard hitting fury.
In 1997, Kwesi moved to Toronto, (Ontario) from Montreal, (Quebec) where he was the First African to perform at the 11th Annual Canadian Reggae Music Awards. The album False Prophets catapulted him to the top brackets of the Canadian reggae music charts. Since then the achievements have been steady.
Kwesi definitely has the "reggae music in his brains, Ragga muffin style in his heart, dancehall music in his bones and the Highlife rhythm in his blood". Just like he says in his song "Jungle Road", the Lion's version of John Denver, B. Danoff and T. Nivert's "Take me Home, Country Roads".

Discography

ALBUMS RELEASED
1992 Mr. & Mrs. Konkonsanyi
1993 John Kwesi Selassie
1997 False Prophets Nominated Canadian Reggae Music Awards Top Reggae Album of Year
1999 Judgement Day Nominated Canadian Reggae Music Awards Top Reggae Album of Year
1999 African Music Awards Nominated for the Best Band, Album ,Composer, Awarded Best Producer of the Year ONLY artist nominated in FOUR of TEN categories.
Yes we have tracks up on line you may check out @ www.kwesiselassie.com

Set List

Kwesi Selassie can perform for 20 minutes or for up to four hours. His sets usually go for 45 minutes and he usually performs 3 or 4 sets. Typical repertoire is High Life Reggae, sang in English, French and Fanti( Ghana, Africa)

Homma Mo Msu Mo Ho, Poormans Life, Deninkemba

Pe Edwuma Ye, False Prophet, Awoara Na Modo Wo

Them No Good, Dangerous Man, Judgement Day, Reggae Is The Remedy, Do You Remember

Many Problems, Nadia, You’re My Only Remedy

Love Me As I Am, Akwankwaa Hianyi