The story of how one of Ghana’s young and talented musicians, Kuami Eugene shot to fame and won the prestigious accolade ‘Artiste of The Year’ at the 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is worthy of emulation and a definition of hard work and hope for the living. Who even thought that Kuami Eugene would become famous and be counted among the big stars in Ghana? But with hard work, determination, perseverance and never giving up attitude, he’s been able to achieve great things in the shortest possible time.
Who is Kuami Eugene? He’s originally called Eugene Kwame Marfo and was born on February 1, 1997, to Mr Alex and Juliana Marfo in Akim Oda. He’s Highlife and Afrobeat singer signed onto Lynx Entertainment Record Label, a label that has been tagged the best in Ghana currently. Kuami Eugene’s passion for music started at an early age, pushing him to sing and perform during church services.
He learned how to play the electronic keyboard, guitar and drums, and his passion for music led to him dropping out of school after spending more than two weeks educating himself in music at a studio in the Eastern Region without his parents’ knowledge of school authorities.
Despite being expelled from school because of music, he never gave up on education as he continued his secondary education at Salvation Army Senior High school at Akim-Wenchi and then continued his tertiary education at Ghana Telecom University and the rest is history.
Now, let’s take a dive into Kuami Eugene’s music career from MTN Hitmaker season 5 to winning the biggest award at the 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Kuami Eugene grabbed third place at MTN Hitmaker season 5 in 2016 and was shortly signed onto Richie Mensah’s Lynx Entertainment Record Label where he released his first hit song titled ‘Angela’ featuring actress Ahuofe Patri in the music video. The music video reached one million streams on YouTube within a short time and that shot him to fame in 2017. ‘His ‘Angela’ song topped music charts for weeks and received massive airplay.
In that same year, Kuami Eugene performed at Sarkodie’s Rapperholic concert, Ghana Music Honors 2017 Edition, ‘December to Remember’ Concert, and the ’61st Ghana Independence Celebration’ Show at Indigo 02, London in the United Kingdom.
He continued and released another hit song titled ‘Adwenfi’ featuring Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale and DJ Vyrusky in 2018. In the same year, he released another hit song titled ‘Confusion’ also featuring actress Ahuofe Patri in the music video. There were controversies around the song as it was reported that he sampled from Malian musician, Sidiki Diabaté’s song, ‘Fais Moi Confiance’, which means ‘Trust Me’ in the English language. But that never brought him down as he continued and fully focused on his music career.
Well, in responding to reports and backlashes that he sampled Sidiki Diabate’s song, he dropped another hit song titled ‘Wish Me Well’ and again, he was alleged to have sampled parts of the lyrics from Nigerian musician Ice Prince.
Kuami Eugene has also performed at international Shows such as ‘Oh My Festival’ in Amsterdam, ‘Afrobeats to the World concert’ at the Playstation Theatre in New York and ‘Afronation’ concert in Ghana.
In Kuami Eugene’s music career, he has won several awards including;
AFRIMA 2018 — Most Promising Artist in Africa
Ghana Music Awards UK 2018 — Best New Artist of the Year
Ghana Music Awards 2018 — Best New Artist
Ghana Music Awards 2028 — High-life Artist of the Year
Ghana Music & Arts Awards Europe 2019 — Highlife Artiste of the Year and Artist of the Year
Ghana Music Awards UK 2019 — Highlife Song of the Year and Highlife Artiste of the Year
3Music Awards 2019 — High-life Act of the year Himself and High-life Song of the year
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2019 — Highlife Artiste of the Year, Producer of the Year Won and Album of the Year
3Music Awards 2020 — Highlife Artiste of the Year
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2020 — Artiste of the Year and Highlife Artiste of the Year
Kuami Eugene has also gotten several awards nominations from award schemes such as Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, AFRIMA, 3Music Awards Ghana Music Awards UK and others.
Kuami Eugene at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards was crowned by legendary Highlife musician Amakey Dede as his successor. This sparked conversations as to whether he truly deserves that crown or not since there are other young and talented High-life musicians doing well in the music industry.
In the wake and heat of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, Kuami Eugene got himself into the news after he featured on Sarkodie’s viral political song ‘Happy Day’ which endorsed President Akufo-Addo for a second term.
Kuami Eugene and Sarkodie received backlashes from their fans for engaging in politics for their selfish interests. It was rumoured that Sarkodie took a whopping Ghc500,000 from the NPP for that endorsement in the ‘Happy Day’ song.
Kuami Eugene came out and denied claims that he knew the song was about endorsing President Akufo-Addo. Later on, Sarkodie and Kuami Eugene had a conversation on Instagram which sort of confirmed that he [Kuami Eugene] knew that the song was an endorsement for President Akufo-Addo.
Recently, Kuami Eugene got into a back and forth with Hiplife musician, Guru after he refused to collaborate with him. According to Kuami Eugene, Guru disrespected his boss, Richie Mensah and it’s the more reason why he refused to be on his song. Despite the matter being settled on Nana Ama Mcbrown’s United Showbiz on UTV, Guru went ahead a released a diss track titled “Who Born Dog” directed at Kuami Eugene. In the song, Guru lashed Kuami Eugene and made him aware of how mole he is in the Ghanaian music industry. People were expecting Kuami Eugene to respond to Guru’s diss track but he never coughed about it as he went about his usual music business. Apparently, Kuami Eugene never wanted to battle with Guru lyrically hence his silence.
Kuami Eugene is indeed a big talent and has a bigger future in the Ghanaian music industry if he continues with his hard work, resilience and perseverance. With hard work with the right connections, he could be the first Ghanaian musician to win a Grammy award for Ghana.