The captivating sound of Akua Konamah
Akua Konamah is a young talent on the rise. Making waves in the music industry over the last 12 months, the London born singer/songwriter and guitarist has been carefully crafting her sound under the watchful eye of Funkiipapa aka Fidel Rosales and Chris Patrick of Rockizm Music.
In 2013 she narrowly missed out on winning the Jumpoff Final; where she put her own acoustic twist on rap songs by none other than Hip Hop heavyweights such as Drake, Meek Mill, Fabolous and Jay-Z. And since then she has been working hard on her sultry blend with different styles of music to make waves in the music industry. Akua is preparing to drop her debut EP entitled Consume Me in June. Already well known for mashing up current tracks such as; Meridian Dan’s monster hit German Whipand Krept and Konan’s Don’t Waste My Time, her talent has led to performances at ILUVLIVE, as well as rave reviews on BBC Radio 1xtra and support from BBC Introducing’s Gary Crowley. Her debut EP features two Acoustic tracks; Consume Meandher rendition of German Whip, along with threestudio produced tracks which includes the leading track Only U.
16 seconds into the taster for the release of her EP I was stunned by the soul in her voice. Admittedly I listened to studio produced track- Only U a hundred times before I could put words to this article. It stole my ears while I sat, listened and decided what makes Akua and her eclectic sound stand out.
Getting lost in music takes an artist of great talent to offer a combination of powerful song writing and a beautiful voice. Her voice accompanied by a unique acoustic sound sets the scene in my mind of a dimly lit jazz cafe. An urban setting perfect for the ambient tone of her vocals, with her slick London accent cutting through the lyrics of German Whip pretty much defines how this South West London youngster captivates her audience.
Akua Konamah (pronounced: Ah-Kwi-Ah Koh-nah-mah) born to Ghanaian parents, grew up speaking Twi as her first language as well as English. Akua clearly had a talent for music and instruments and with the encouragement from her parents; she listened to music from Ghanaian High Life and Afro Pop artists such as Daddy Lumba and Kojo Antwi. It was with the influence of music from her parents native homeland and other styles, genres and artists such as; Estelle, Sade, Ashanti and Alicia keys that pushed her love of music and the need to further her education to complete a degree in Music Management at Hertfordshire University.
Not only is she a stunning essence of black beauty; she has a beautiful talent and is clearly one urban ambient pop artist, that this year, is set to be a young- breakthrough musical phenomenon.
The Akua Konamah Consume Me EP will be out 9th June and is available to pre-order now on iTunes.