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#GJNews: Meet Senational Afro-pop, Hip-Hop and R&B Artist AI (@ai2ligit)


Born  in  Accra,  Ghana.  Emmanuel  Oware,  known  by  his  stage  name  A.I.,  is  a Ghanaian  Afro-pop,  Hip-Hop  and  R&B  Artist.  

His  love  for  writing  and  recording music  stemmed  from  his  childhood  days  of  listening  to  his  father’s  large collection  of  records/tapes.  

A.I.  started  recording  his  own  songs  in  Secondary School. In  2009,  he  was  discovered  by  Executives  of  2Ligit  Records;  A  Ghanaian  based independent  record  company. 

Since  signing  to  2Ligit  Records,  he  has  recorded over  50  songs  at  2Ligit’s  African  zone  studio  and  released  his  debut  Mixtape titled  “Mixtape  Mayhem”  as  well  as  other  cover  songs  and  singles.  

Mixtape Mayhem  was  released  in  December  2013  and  has  over  800,000  plays.  The mixtape  consists  of  2  original  songs  and  11  cover  songs  of  various  music  genres such  as  Hip-hop,  RnB,  Afropop,  Reggae  etc.  A  few  of  the  recording  artists  who inspire  his  music  are  2pac,  Youssou  Ndour,  Bob  Marley,  Prince  and  Sade. 

In  May  2014,  The  International  Songwriting  Competition  (ISC),  held  in  Nashville, Tennessee,  U.S.A.  and  widely  recognized  as  the  world’s  most  prestigious  and respected  songwriting  competition,  named  A.I.  as  one  of  its  2013  winners.  He won  first  place  in  the  Hip-Hop/R&B  category  with  his  song  “Anger  Management”. This  was  a  great  achievement  because  for  the  first  time  in  ISC’s  13-year  history, an  artiste  from  Ghana  had  won  first  place  in  a  category.  

Later  that  year,  he  was also  featured  on  Jay-So’s  song  “Making  Tasha  Proud”.  His  performance  on “Making  Tasha  Proud”  confirmed  that  A.I.  presented  a  unique  music  style  that deserved  the  ears  of  music  listeners.     

In  2015,  A.I.  released  two  singles  titled  “Up  till  the  morning”  and  “Dem  Gals”. In  2016,  A.I.  and  Vision  Dj  released  the  hit  single  “Grind”  which  is  a  single  off Vision  Dj’s  Blow  Chicken  Album.  

He  was  also  featured  on  the  following  songs, “Tsioo  Benke  Mi”  by  Kojo-Cue,  “Shine”  by  EL  and  “Motromodwo”  by  Trigmatic. His  talent  of  effectively  blending  lyrics  in  English  with  the  Ghanaian  local  dialects to  create  catchy  melodies  is  evident  in  his  song  “Grind”.  He  intends  to  release more  songs  of  this  nature  thus  introducing  some  difference  and  uniqueness  in the  Ghanaian  music  industry.  His  Debut  EP  titled  “Headstrong”  is  set  to  release in 2017.

[Credit: Cofy Dela  (@Cofydela)]