The evolving nature of Amerado: An interview with the Twi Machine
Written byWords by Taiwo Okanlawon
Ghanaian artist Amerado only takes up music as a means of survival even though he discovered the talent way back in secondary school. Now he uses the talent to preach about everything concerning man and the universe.
This lyrical genius whose real name is Derrick Sarfo Kantanka from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana with his flow, energy, and mature use of the Twi language has earned him the nickname “Twi Machine“.
Amerado came to the attention of Azee Ntwene, and signed to his label MicBurnerz Music after emerging the 2nd Runner-up at the Solid FM Freestyle Show in 2015. His song “I AM” was rated as one of the best hip-hop/hiplife songs to be released in the first quarter of 2017 with over 40,000 downloads across all music sites.
Amerado released his second extended play Patience on 26 October 2021, featuring Black Sherif, Shatta Wale, Fameye, YPee, and Kweku Flick, with production from Azee Ntwene, Izjoe Beatz, Samsney, and ItzCJ Madeit. The EP was adjourned as the BEST EP at the 2022 3Music Awards.
Learn more about Amerado below.
You are one of the top rappers in Ghana, how is the competition like?
One of the key factors for brand growth is collaboration, evolution, and competition, it’s putting me on my toes, the positive impact of the competition in the game on my career is the fact that it reminds me to always stay alert and never let my guard down.
Why are you referred to as “Twi Machine”?
The deliberate use of Deep Twi words in my rap flows when coming up earned me the name Twi Machine.
Take us through your creative process?
I create on imagination, my present, feeling, and the day-to-day activities that go on in a man’s life.
How did you get into music?
At age 14 I lost my dad, and my mum wasn’t having enough money to help further my education, so the only way to survive was to do music after I discovered my talent through a friend in secondary school called Alpheaus.
Do you have any future plans to switch from rap to commercial?
I’m already doing both, the intrinsic and extrinsic rules have to be followed.
How long have you been in the music business?
How would you describe your struggle over the years to find your feet in the industry?
It’s been a rough-smooth journey but in all, I will say I’m glad to have passed through the process.
What are the challenges you’ve faced as a producer?
The fact that I have to always maintain my excellence and not dip. I’m always conscious of that.
You started curating Yeete Nsem, Ghana’s first news casting rap series, what inspired you?
The birth of Yeetensem was from my team and me, we wanted to find a commercial way to sell the brand Amerado with Rap music.
You have worked with Shatta Wale, Fameye, YPee, and Kweku Flick, and others, can share your experience working with these people?
It’s been all love and I must say all of them are free and easy to work with.
Who would you like to collaborate with among other heavyweights in the industry?
Currently Stonebowy and Samini.
Your 2nd EP, “Patience” was adjourned as the BEST EP at the 2022 3Music Awards, how did you feel?
Felt great to be honored after all the hard work, and I’m motivated to do more.
Tell us about the EP
Patience haha, why not listen to the tape and get the detailed story of a young black boy who achieved his goals after several years of struggles in the industry, abotr3 nkoaa.
Can hip-hop be successful without beefing or doing diss tracks?
Yes, no doubt. a lot of big talents have been at the top without beefing and they are still relevant.
Who influences you in the music industry both in Ghana and Diaspora?
I love Joyner Lucas, Kendrick Lamar, and Okyeame Kwame.
What do you think the future holds for the Afrobeats in the western world?
Lots of good works, my maiden album drops this year.