On Saturday 20th at the Antique Lemonade Artspace, a proud father sat in the front row to watch his son debut his single “Nyame Bekyere”. A select audience of musicians and producers gathered to enjoy Nana Osei Kyei Mensah’s song. The music video produced by Stanley Adjetey was also launched.
Nana Osei Kyei Mensah has had an interesting journey from Christ the King School ending up at John Teye although his father wanted him to go to Achimota or Mfantsipim. This is where his musical talent was grown. His father had invested in piano lessons and a guitar that cost 10ghc to start Nana Osei’s journey. At John Teye, hours of practice combined with academic work taught him discipline and focus. initially, he says “I didn’t believe in Christ when I went toJohn Tteye and whenever I was called to sing, I would sing ” Amazing Grace’ because that was the only song I knew. then God called me from that time it has been smooth sailing with my singing although other parts of this journey have been really challenging.”
Nana Osei talked about being given a pie and malt drink after singing for hours as a backup during a concert. he earned ten Ghana cedis for the five live sessions he did.
in June of 2015, his father, Fred Kyei Mensah A.k.A Fredymo, a music producer, lost everything in the flood. with musicians such as Ofori Amponsah, Apiatus and Ohemaa Mercy under his wings, he had just invested 500 million cedis worth of equipment. ” I was ready to be recorded and my dad lost 30 years of work. I could have said let me just stop doing Gospel but God being so good I did not give up and veered into RnB. I love R&B and I used to listen to songs by babyface and SWV.
I realized though that the things of the world have an end, you can get all the money in the world but when you die you can’t take it with you, I chose to serve God willingly, wholeheartedly. it’s mine to obey..”
“Honestly, I see myself touring the world. That’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was little, just tour the world and preach the gospel and in the next 8years, I see myself opening a record label and taking up upcoming musicians and taking over my dad’s business as a studio. Some people will say ” oh but you are a gospel artist, so your studio should be just for the gospel ” but I believe that music is music. there are some songs that have a positive message behind them that’s why I said I love songs from the 70s,80s, and 90s because right now it’s all about sex, drugs, money, those kinds of songs. our music now has lost substance”
There were times when I was in Central university and I would wake up and be broke. I would just take my guitar and play, some covers. I would do this when I was sad or down. Out of this, I did a cover of the song ” obi anyone me o” SoI did it in a very funky way and it went viral. I could have claimed that I was there, I had arrived, but I always believe that there is something to improve.”It was a lovely evening, highlighted when the proud father, asked Nan Osei to stand up and like Isac blessed his son.
BY: Franka-Maria Andoh