Budding Ghanaian recording artiste, Kwesi Soul rapper—made a timely splash in 2020 after dropping a major project, “Soul Town”, an EP he created to inspire the whole city. After two years of the project, the success of the EP earned him a space in the Alté scene in Ghana.
It’s his natural belief that artists don’t create the music as much as they think they do, “I believe the universe expresses its messages through us and this synergy is only very natural and we must make use of it very well,” he says.
Kwesi Soul in a conversation with Lambo Xtra takes us through his musical journey as a young high school boy who spent time learning how to better after he got introduced to music through his high school friend.
What have you been up to lately?
The truth is I’ve been desperately trying to promote my new E.P. And get it integrated into time.
In 2020, you dropped Soul Town EP, what is the inspiration behind it?
Thank you, Soultown EP is beautiful work of art I made to create a soul world for my listeners. The inspiration was basically literally creating a Soul City.
Two years after, how do you feel about the project?
Two years down the line, I love the impact the tapes made, I believed it’s created a space for me in the Alté scene in Ghana.
Now you are currently promoting your debut album, “Live A Little” what’s the project all about?
Live a little is music I made from the perspective of accepting my realities, “yes I have problems” but it won’t stop me from living, experiencing, and enjoying this beauty called existence. It’s a tape that basically encourages us to live through dark and light times.
How’s the feedback on the project so far?
It’s been very encouraging!
When did you decide to go into music?
I decided to get into music in Junior high school. When I heard a rap from my friend “Tulenkey“, he rapped and I thought it wasn’t his because it was too good. Knowing I loved music so much myself I tried to write my own and personally, I thought it was equally good. From the day the urge to create music and not just enjoy listening to it was birthed.
Tell us about your creative processes and what inspires you?
I’m more of a writer than a freestyler, which means I get the beats and write to them or say a sample or guitar loops write to them for most of my songs. I also record flows and Melodies on the voice recorder app and build them into songs.
You have collaborated with many Ghanaian artists, including Tony Dickson, Juma Mufasa, Mealz, and others, how was your experience?
They all bring something different when it comes to style, Tony and Mealz bring that Street energy, and Juma brings sophistication.
Who are those A-list artists you are looking forward to working with?
In Ghana, I’ll say Kwesi Arthur, Nwrxth and Darkovibes, in Africa A-Reece and worldwide Gunna
There’s a synergy between Nigerian and Ghanaian artists, who are those Nigerian artists you’re planning to work with?
I believe that we the artists don’t create the music as much as we think we do, I believe the universe expresses its messages through us and this synergy is only very natural because we as Ghanaians consider Nigerians our cousins. It’s only natural course that we sync and work perfectly well together. Another is the fact that Afrobeat is us.
What do you think the future holds for the Afrobeats in the Western world?
I believe Afrobeat is a mainstream genre as of today’s music world market the future can’t be anything short of bright.
Was there a time you wanted to quit music?
No never, I’d say there are times I had doubts with regards to me succeeding in this field but I always know I can’t quit.
What should your fans be expecting from you now?
They should expect Art not just music but accompanying art, like documentaries, more music videos, TikTok challenges, etc. They should expect significant growth.