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Role  Musical Artist

Name  Kwame Tsikata
Years active  2005–present
Instruments  vocal
Genres  Hip hop music
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Born  November 20, 1982 (age 33)Accra, Ghana (1982-11-20)
Occupation(s)  Rapper, songwriter, public speaker
Associated acts  Rocket Juice and The Moon, Brother Ali, Richy Pitch, A.R.M
Albums  Apae: The Price of Free EP, Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America, Manifestations
Similar People  Efya, Tsatsu Tsikata, Sarkodie, I Self Devine

Birth name  Kwame Ametepee Tsikata

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M.anifest (born Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, 20 November 1982) is an award-winning Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter. He was crowned the King of Ghana Hip-Hop in 2017 when he won Best Rapper and Hip-Hop song of the year at the Ghana Music Awards. He has worked with the likes of Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, and is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and The Moon album. He is the grandson of one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicogists and composers J.H. Kwabena Nketia. In 2012, BBC’s arts program The Strand tipped him as one of four acts to look out for in 2012. In 2015 M.anifest's single "someway bi" earned him a third place honor in the International Songwriters Competition (ISC). In the same year The Guardian named M.anifest as "the foremost rapper on the continent.". M.anifest currently lives in Accra (Madina) and Minneapolis.


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Personal life and education

M.anifest is the son of Ghanaian renowned lawyer and academia Tsatsu Tsikata. M.anifest migrated to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St Paul) in 2001 to attend Macalester College, where he graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.

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M.anifest did his High School at SOS Herman Gmeiner International School in Tema. He was the entertainment prefect of his school known as Amet Tsikata. He has had artist residencies and given lectures in St Lawrence University (NY), University of Ghana, and spoken to several classes in Hamline University, Macalester College (his Alma Mater), Penumbra Theatre’s Summer Arts institute, Ashesi University and more.


In his time in the Twin Cities M.anifest learnt to adopt the do-it-yourself credo and the know-how in becoming an independent musician. He released his first solo album, Manifestations, in 2007 funded by royalties he received from lending his voice to a Pepsi jingle that played nationally on U.S radio. Manifestations earned him Songwriter of the year Honors in the City Pages as well as top five albums of the year recognition in the Star Tribune. In 2009 he released a free album, the Birds and the Beats, to raise awareness and funds for the work of a non-profit, Young Entrepreneurs Africa.

In 2010 M.anifest linked up with Africa Express and played gigs in France and Spain with them in the same year. He caught the attention of Africa Express co-founder Damon Albarn who thereafter invited M.anifest to be a collaborator on Rocket Juice & the Moon in 2011. In September 2012 M.anifest joined the historic Africa Express train touring the U.K. He wrote for the Huffington Post about his experiences with Africa Express.

He released his sophomore album Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America in September 2011, which included the singles "Suffer", "Asa" and "Blue (Chale What Dey Happen)". It marked a decade of his life in the U.S. and the beginning of his transition back to Ghana. In 2012 M.anifest began making major inroads in Africa performing on The Big Brother Africa stage as well at the Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa. The video for his single "Makaa Maka" also got him nominated for Most Gifted Hip-Hop Video at the 2012 Channel O Music Awards and won him Best Hip-Hop Video at the 4syte Music Video Awards.

M.anifest has had an eclectic creative output; he produced and co-wrote an independence mini Hip-Hopera for Channel O and also performed a highly praised piece, at the first ever Ghana Music Week, detailing the history of Ghanaian music. M.anifest is co-founder of Giant Steps, an interactive conference for entrepreneurial creatives and creative entrepreneurs. He’s also featured in the feature-length documentary We Rock Long Distance by filmmaker Justin Schell.


On 30 June 2016, M.anifest released a diss track to fellow rapper Sarkodie titled "god MC" attacking Sarkodie with intelligent hit backs which made Sarkodie replied two days after by dissing M.anifest heavily on the track "Kanta" (Panda cover). The two rappers became the central talk in Ghana's music industry between that time with fans giving their views on who actually bodied the other. M.anifest's god MC went on to win Hip Hop Song of the year in the Ghana Music Award the following year.


  • Midem Best Artist(2017)- International Midem Awards, France
  • Best Rapper of the Year(2017)- Ghana Music Awards
  • Hip-Hop song of the year (2017) - Ghana Music Awards
  • Best Individual Style (2016) - Glitz Style Awards
  • Best Special Effects Video (2016) - 4syte Music Video Awards
  • Best Rapper of the year (2013) - Ghana Music Award
  • Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2013) - Ghana Music Awards
  • Best Hip-Hop Video - 4syte Music Video Awards
  • Minnesota Emerging composer Award (MECA) (2010) - American Composers Forum
  • Songwriter of the Year (2008) - City Pages
  • Albums

  • Nowhere Cool (2016)
  • Apae: the price of free EP (2013)
  • Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America (2011)
  • The Birds and the Beats (Free Mixtape, 2009)
  • Manifestations (2007)
  • Singles

  • "Sugar" feat Brymo (2016)
  • "100%" (2016)
  • "god MC" (2016)
  • "Forget Dem" (2015)
  • "W'ani Aba" (feat. Bisa Kdei)
  • "No Shortcut to Heaven" feat. Obrafour (2014)
  • "Jigah" feat. HHP (2014)
  • "Someway Bi" (2013)
  • "Mind Games" (2013)
  • "Ebei" (2013)
  • "Blue (Chale What Dey Happen)" (2012)
  • "Makaa Maka" (2012)
  • "Asa" feat. Efya (2012)
  • "Suffer" (2011)
  • "Coming to America" (2011)
  • "Gentleman" (2007)
  • "Babylon Breakdown" (2007)
  • Features

  • "Kindness" feat. M.anifest - 8th Wonder (2014)
  • "Proverb" feat. M.anifest - Proverb's Manifest (2014)
  • "Dee Moneey" feat. M.anifest, Ice Prince, Paedae(R2bees), JTown, Reminisce - Finish Line (Remix) (2014)
  • "Camp Mulla" feat. M.anifest - All in (2013)
  • "E.L." feat. M.anifest - Hallelujah (2013)
  • "Lyricalwaanzam" feat. M.anifest - For sheygey reasons (2013)
  • "Bodi" feat. M.anifest & Team Dharma - Hercules (2013)
  • "Sedem" feat. M.anifest - Falling in Love(2014)
  • "Obrafour" ft. M.anifest - Odasani (2014)
  • Collaborations

  • A.R.M (Budo, Krudid, M.anifest) - Two Africans and a Jew EP (2011)
  • A.R.M (Budo, Krudid, M.anifest) ft Brother Ali - Heaven Only Knows (2009)
  • S&M (Sarah White & M.anifest) - Losing My Religion (2010)
  • References

    M.anifest Wikipedia